Graeme Jones in Burnley speculation
GRAEME Jones is being linked with the vacant manager's job at Burnley after turning down Swansea City — but Roberto Martinez reckons the Clarets are wasting their time.
Former assistant manager Jones has been heavily linked with a return to the Liberty on more than one occasion since leaving alongside Martinez for Wigan in 2009.
He was the long-time favourite to get the job in the summer but is thought to have turned down the chance to take over from Brendan Rodgers.
Now Jones, who will be back in SA1 when Wigan face Swansea this weekend, is being touted as a candidate to succeed Eddie Howe at Turf Moor.
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But Martinez has played down the speculation, saying: "It's always a massive compliment when other clubs see the good work that you are doing at your football club.
"That's the case for players and it also applies for the staff as well, in this case Graeme. What we have to do is keep focused on the job we have to do here and the goals we have set ourselves to achieve this season.
"This is a really important time at our football club, and it could turn out to be a significant building block in our legacy as a football club.
"We are very focused on what we have to achieve this season — and that's not going to change."
Martinez dismissed the idea that Jones may be distracted by the Burnley talk, adding: "I'm sure he'll take the rumours on board, but he won't let it affect his work in preparing for Saturday's game.
"It's something that goes with the territory when you are involved in football. When you do the right things, this sort of thing comes along — the same as when you don't do the right things, other things come along."