DERBY boss Wayne Rooney has responded to reports linking him with the vacant Burnley job.

The Clarets are still searching for Sean Dyche’s successor after parting ways with the long-serving manager earlier this month.

Rooney has been praised for the job he has done since taking charge at Pride Park amid the club’s issues off the pitch.

However, the Manchester United legend was unable to keep the Rams up this season following a 21-point deduction.

Rooney played down the reports and says he is committed to helping Derby bounce back from relegation.

However, the 36-year-old admits he may have to “reassess” his position at Derby if Chris Kirchner’s potential takeover falls through.

“I heard that this morning on talkSPORT, it is the first I've heard of it,” he told Derbyshire Live. "Listen, there is nothing you can do about speculation, I get that.

"I think I have said a couple of times now it is a credit to myself and the staff and the job they've done that speculation is there.

“But I have said I have a year left on my contract here. I want to try and bring better days back to this football club.

"Now, of course, that depends as I have said over the last few weeks on the takeover going through. If it doesn't, then of course you might have to reassess that.

“But if it goes through, I am here and ready to try and get this club back up into the Championship, and move forward and try and bring some glory days back here."

Interim boss Mike Jackson looks set to be in the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Watford – a crucial fixture in the relegation battle.

The Clarets are out of the bottom three following back-to-back home wins against Southampton and Wolves.

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