By Amir Mir
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is not in the running for the vacant managerial post at Aston Villa, according to a report.
Sky Sports state the Premier League manager, who saw his odds slashed by a number of leading bookmakers to replace Roberto Di Matteo, is keen to stay at Turf Moor.
Former Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce is the favourite to take over the helm at Villa Park, with William Hill having Dyche as second favourite with odds of 11/4.
It is said Dyche is not keen on dropping from the top-flight to the Championship and owner Tony Xia is considering the final candidates with Bruce and caretaker boss Steve Clarke on the shortlist.
Bruce confirmed on Sunday morning that he has held talks with Villa Park chiefs over replacing Di Matteo who was axed after 124 days.
Villa are 19th in the Championship, two points above the relegation zone, with ten points from 11 games.
They have won only one game all season, when they beat lowly Rotherham 3-0 at Villa Park in August.
The Championship side take on Midlands rivals Wolves on Saturday, with former Chelsea assistant Clarke currently in charge of first-team duties.
In other Aston Villa news, supporters celebrated Jack Grealish’s man-of-the-match display for the England under-21s.