Wayne Rooney and Chris Wilder address speculation, Sam Allardyce linked

Derby manager Wayne Rooney and Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder have played down speculation linking them to the vacant Burnley manager’s job.

The Clarets, surprisingly to some, dispensed with the services of Sean Dyche on Good Friday after almost a decade in charge, with the club deciding a change was needed to help them in their battle against relegation.

Burnley are currently four points behind 17th-placed Everton, whom they battled to a 3-2 win at Turf Moor in early April, having last lost to basement boys Norwich at Carrow Road. .

There was little mention of Dyche being under pressure despite Burnley’s struggles, but the club opted to sack the 50-year-old with just eight games of the season to go.

Early contenders to take over include Rooney, Wilder, and survivalists Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis, though the former duo were quick to insist they’re focused on their current jobs, while also reserving special praise for the work done by Dyche on Lancashire.

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