Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom: 'I've had no approach from Sunderland'

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom says that Sunderland have not approached him over the vacant managerial position at the Stadium of Light.

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that neither he nor Barnsley have received an approach from Sunderland over the vacant managerial position at the Stadium of Light.

Since the Black Cats sacked Simon Grayson at the end of October, a number of names - including Heckingbottom - have been linked with the role at the North-East giants.

Heckingbottom is regarded as one of the favourites by most bookmakers but while he has acknowledged that discussions have been held with the Tykes hierarchy, the former defender has insisted that there have been no developments with a club who he represented during his playing career.

The 40-year-old is quoted by the Yorkshire Post as saying: "No, there hasn't. We have been sat here before, so the situation is no different. I have been asked these sorts of questions before about different clubs at different times. It is just what happens in football, it is all hypothetical.

"Until anything happens, I can't tell you because I don't know the club's thoughts on it or my thoughts on it. We've obviously spoken and had these conversations (him and Barnsley) but they will remain private."

Heckingbottom has won 36 of his 89 games in charge of Barnsley since first taking over in February 2016.

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