Burnley chief executive Lee Hoos has confirmed the club have received an "unwanted approach" from npower League One side Bournemouth to talk to their manager Eddie Howe.
Howe managed the Cherries for two years before moving to Turf Moor last January and was immediately linked with the post following Paul Groves' exit last week. It is understood that Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell felt a deal was "close" to bring Howe back to Dean Court, despite earlier rebuttals from both Hoos and Howe himself.
However, Hoos said in a statement on Thursday night: "Bournemouth have made an unsolicited and unwanted approach for manager Eddie Howe. Burnley Football Club would like to stress that no agreement has been reached and Eddie Howe is still Burnley manager. No permission has been granted for Bournemouth to speak to Eddie."
Howe is contracted to Burnley until the summer of 2014.
The last time a manager left a Championship club to take a job in the division below was when Simon Grayson moved to Leeds from Blackpool in 2008.