Burnley's new sporting director Frank McParland hopes to be able to start next season alongside Sean Dyche despite speculation linking the manager with the vacant Sunderland post.
McParland began work this week after Dyche made the initial approach which led to his appointment.
And although rumours suggest the Clarets boss is on the list of potential candidates for the Black Cats, McParland believes Dyche still has work to do at Turf Moor.
"He's made a real name for himself so I'm not surprised about the links, but I know he's very happy here," McParland told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"He was a big part in me coming here and I'm really hopeful that we'll both start off the season here.
"It was Sean who made the initial call to me, and I went to have a coffee with him and (assistant) Ian Woan.
"There was no offer of a job at that stage, then I met with the owner and the chief executive at the time Lee (Hoos) and gave them my ideas, the things I'd spoken to Sean about. They asked me to join, which I was delighted with.
"Sean has done loads for this club and he wants to do a lot more. Burnley is such an historic club and he's really keen to push it on."
McParland is resigned to losing at least two top players this summer after their relegation from the Premier League. Striker Danny Ings' contract expires at the end of the month and he is in talks with Liverpool.
Right-back Kieran Trippier, whose release clause is believed to be just £3.5million, is also attracting interest from a number of top-flight clubs.
"Obviously we're going to lose a couple of top players, definitely we're going to lose one by the looks of it and I'm not involved with everything at the minute but there may be a chance of another one going out maybe," he added.
"It's not impossible to replace Danny Ings but it's very difficult.
"There's certainly money there to spend. I'll be working very hard with the boss and everyone at the club to try to get some decent ones in."