Former Man City coach Mark Burton has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant manager’s job at Dundalk FC, insisting he was never interested in the position.

The Canadian had been heavily linked to the job in the wake of Vinny Perth’s departure from the SSE Airtricity League champions on Thursday night having worked with the Louth club in recent weeks.

However, Burton said a longer spell at Oriel Park “was never on the table”.

“It was never an option due to my other work commitments,” he said.

“It’s a great club but working there long-term was never on the table despite some of the rumours doing the rounds.”

Burton, whose private clients include players in the Bundesliga, Premier League and other European leagues, said he had been asked by Perth to come in and work with individual players and help with the club’s European preparations.

However, due to the Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland he said it was not possible to travel in and out of the country as he would have liked. He said this contributed to his parting with Dundalk FC 10 days ago.

“I wish the club and the players well going forward but personally I’m just going to be concentrating on my other coaching commitments right now,” said Burton.

Perth’s former coaches John Gill and Alan Reynolds will take charge of the team for this evening’s trip to face Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.