Burnley manager Sean Dyche says speculation linking him with the Aston Villa job was "common sense" but nothing more than that.
Former Hull boss Steve Bruce took over the reins at the Sky Bet Championship strugglers this week but only after a flurry of betting saw the odds on Dyche tumble dramatically.
While managers do not typically drop down a division while still employed at a Premier League club, Villa's supporter base and resources make it a more attractive proposition than their current travails suggest.
Dyche is a proven performer in the second tier, having won the title last season and earned promotion on a shoestring previously, and thinks that is why his name was in the frame.
Asked if there had been any formal contact, he answered: "No. It's just after two promotions in three years out of the Championship I think it's a common sense link more than anything.
"I think they've appointed a very good man. I get on well with Brucey and like him a lot as a person, as well as his record as a manager.
"I wish him well."
Dyche's side travel to Southampton on Sunday, where they will finally have a chance to take out the frustrations worked up by Arsenal's controversial injury-time winner last time out.