Burnley's Sean Dyche reacts to Everton speculation ahead of Newcastle's visit to Turf Moor

Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has called speculation linking him with the managerial vacancy at Everton "flattering", though he insists he is giving such stories little attention.

The 46-year-old – whose side take on Newcastle United at Turf Moor on Monday night – is one of the bookmakers' favourites to take the post at Goodison Park, which is available after Ronald Koeman was sacked early this week.

Dyche celebrates five years in charge of Burnley next week and his work in winning them two promotions and keeping them in the Premier League last term has earned acclaim.

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Having last week been linked with the Leicester City post, which has now been filled by Claude Puel, Dyche is becoming used to seeing his name linked with vacancies.

"It hasn't changed," Dyche said of the Everton speculation. "I've said it a few times with the various clubs that have been mentioned – you're always flattered, because it recognises the work that myself, my players and staff do.

"You're flattered by the fact some of your work is recognised. It's other people's stories, it's not mine. It's right that I get asked about it.

"Yet again, (Everton are) another good club, I'm respectful of all clubs in all situations. But I'm equally respectful of my situation now.

"I just get on with it. I've been through it, and had the experience of those sort of links at various times, more so than in the last couple of years. I just continue to get on with what I'm doing, and that's the focus."

Burnley have injury concerns over both of their leading strikers ahead of Newcastle's visit to Turf Moor.

Sam Vokes missed the defeat to Manchester City last weekend with an abdominal strain, while top scorer Chris Wood was withdrawn with a hamstring injury.

"Vokesy, it's promising with him," Dyche added.

"Woody is a maybe. We'll have to wait and see – we're pleased it's nothing too major, whether he's right for Monday, we'll have to wait and see. It's settling already but it's whether the game on Monday is right for him or not...

"Vokesy's got a stronger chance, he's out on the grass today, we think he'll be available, but Woody's touch and go I'd say."