Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom is adamant he has no interest in the Sunderland job.
The Reds gaffer, who previously played for the Black Cats, was linked with the job when David Moyes left at the end of last season’s relegation.
And he is reportedly in the running once again - after Simon Grayson’s sacking.
But Heckingbottom insisted: “I don’t care for speculation. Everyone knows I love it here.
“The only calls I’ve got are from people I know in the North East.
“It’s only been people up in the North East who I know who have been ringing me.
“Other than being asked about it now, it’s not in my head at all.
“It’s flattering in the respect that things are going well and you can do a job, but other than that that’s it.”
The Reds take on Birmingham City on Saturday - who have former Reds’ skipper Marc Roberts in their ranks - and Heckingbottom has urged his side to “impose themselves” on their opposition.
He added: “I’d love for us to impose ourselves on them a little bit. I know they won’t be happy with their start so far.
“They’ve spent a shedload of money in transfers and wages and they’ve amassed a squad they think is really strong for this league.
“They’ve made a change - Steve Cotterill’s come in and we’ve seen a lot of their games now.
“He’s trying to be really tight at the back, give nothing away and be really tough to play against.
“It’s going to be similar to the game Tuesday night so we’re going to have to stand up to them and be strong.
“They’ve got real strong players, real strong players and the back and a threat up top.
“They won’t come and park the bus, he’s picked players with experience and dogged players who have been successful at this level.”