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My Focus Is Here - Dyche

Manager looking no further than Saturday's meeting with the league leaders

19 October 2017

Sean Dyche insists his focus is purely on building on the Clarets’ impressive start to the season and trying to find a way to halt run-away Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Burnley boss has been linked in the media with the managerial vacancy at Leicester City, following similar stories when Crystal Palace were looking for a new boss in the summer.

Dyche accepts that speculation happens but will not be distracted with a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face unbeaten City to come on Saturday.

“I have been linked with numerous roles in numerous clubs over the last few years and I’m still Burnley manager,” said Dyche – whose own side has lost just once this term to occupy seventh place in the Premier League.

“I have mentioned openly many times down the years, the two things that change in football is that the manager leaves for different concerns, or you get the sack.

“They are the two things. Neither have happened so far. I continue to get on with the work that I do. That’s it in a nutshell.

“It’s a story that’s not my story. I have to answer to it – that’s fine. But it’s a story from elsewhere.

“My focus, I can assure you, is continue to do what we’re doing and Manchester City on Saturday.

“The rest is for other people to make noise about.”

Dyche’s stock has risen throughout his time at Turf Moor, with two promotions and a successful Premier League survival mission on his CV.

But despite that run of success and the interest it attracts, the former Watford boss, 46, will celebrate five years in charge of Burnley at the end of the month.

He added: “This is not the first time I have been linked with clubs. It shows a respect of what the team do and what my staff do.

“I have to lead that, of course, but I am often answering stories that are out of my hands.

“I just continue to work here. If things change in the future, they change.

“But at the moment my focus is still here and always has been.”

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