Sean Dyche plays down Toffees talk


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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has played down reports linking him with the vacancy at Everton and has praised the depth of his squad following Saturday’s victory over Southampton.

The Clarets have enjoyed a strong start to the season and their latest triumph has seen them climb up to seventh, level on points with fourth placed Chelsea, having played one game more.

Burnley, who are priced at 8.00 to be relegated, had to rely on a late goal from substitute Sam Vokes to take all three points away from St Mary’s courtesy of a 1-0 win.

Vokes was introduced from the bench midway through the second half in the place of summer signing Chris Wood, and Dyche believes the depth of his squad will prove to be key as the season develops.

Dyche said: “We looked to counter and we didn’t do it as well today. The depth of the squad and belief was evident.

“The two lads coming on up front in Barnesy [Ashley Barnes] and Vokes changed the game. They were terrific in turning the game.”

Dyche’s exploits with the Turf Moor outfit have seen him emerge as one of the favourites to replace Ronald Koeman in the Everton hot seat.

However, the 46-year-old insists he is keen to continue in his current post and has played down the speculation ahead of the international break.

He added: “It’s strange that I’m mentioned in the media and it’s all about me but I have no control over what the media wants to out there.

“I just keep getting on with my job as I have done today and so do the players.”

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