BURNLEY have not received an approach from Aston Villa to speak to Turf boss Sean Dyche, the Lancashire Telegraph understands.

Dyche emerged as a contender for the vacant Villa job with the Clarets chief cut to 6/4 by some bookies to take over from Roberto Di Matteo at the struggling Championship club.

But it is understood that Burnley have had no contact from Villa.


Former Hull City manager Steve Bruce, who was tipped for the job over the weekend, remains the bookies favourite but Dyche has moved significantly in the market in the last 24 hours.

It is not the first time Dyche has been linked with the Villa post.

He was mentioned as a possible candidate when Remi Garde was sacked in March with Villa then a top-flight outfit.

But Dyche remained at Burnley and guided the Clarets to a second Championship promotion in three years in May.

He has since led Burnley to 14th in the Premier League table with seven points from their opening seven games ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton.

Villa are currently 19th in the Championship just two points above the drop having won just one league game all season.