Villa target focused on Clarets job

Sean Dyche has played down speculation linking him with the Aston Villa job and insisted he is focused on Burnley’s promotion bid.



Aston Villa: Villa target focused on Clarets jobAston Villa: Villa target focused on Clarets job

The Clarets boss has been flagged up as one of the experienced Championship managers who the Villa board have identified as a potential replacement for Remi Garde after he departed the club on Tuesday night after five months at the helm.

Dyche guided Burnley to promotion in 2013-14 and, while he failed to keep the Turf Moor outfit in the top flight last term, he is firmly on course to secure an immediate return this term.

It s thought Villa would like him, David Moyes or Nigel Pearson to take over and mastermind a promotion push next term with relegation now a virtual certainty, but the 44-year-old has played down speculation linking him with the post.

Dyche told his press conference on Thursday afternoon: “It’s one of them situations. IÂ’ve had a few over the last year or so.

“I donÂ’t take it lightly, itÂ’s a paper story. We know how that can work.

“We’re making a good fist of what we can achieve here, thatÂ’s my focus, it’s the team’s focus, we want to get Burnley in the Premier League.

“There’s a lot of things said, a lot of angles, a lot of connections over nothing. My focus is here.”

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