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Leeds boss Simon Grayson denies Burnley job speculation

Simon Grayson
Grayson has guided Leeds six points clear at the top of League One

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has denied reports linking him with the manager's job at Burnley.

"It's just speculation. I'm the manager here at Leeds and I've only been here a year," Grayson told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I'm fully focused and committed to taking this club forward and getting them promoted."

Huddersfield also say they have had no approach for manager Lee Clark, while Doncaster have played down reports linking Sean O'Driscoll with the job.

BBC Radio Sheffield understands that Rovers have had no contact from the Clarets seeking permission to speak to O'Driscoll as they seek a replacement for Owen Coyle, who has left to join Bolton.

Leeds boss Grayson's stock has risen after guiding the Elland Road side to the top of League One in only his first full season in charge and masterminding their FA Cup third round win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"I'd be flattered [if approached by Burnley] because everyone wants to manage in the Premier League," explained Grayson.

"But my ideal scenario is to manage Leeds United in the Premier League and I think over the next few years I think there is a real possibility of us achieving that.

"You can't stop speculation and you are flattered when you are linked with jobs in the Premier League.

"But it has to be the right circumstances and right the club to do that at.

"Leeds is a fantastic football club and I'm just focused on achieving my targets here and I'm committed to this job."

Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town have told BBC Radio Leeds they have received no official approach from Burnley to speak to their manager Clark, despite reports from Lancashire that he had been interviewed by the Turf Moor club on Sunday night.


Former Newcastle United midfielder Clark left a job as Norwich City's assistant boss to take up his first full managerial position at Huddersfield in December 2008.

In his first full season in charge, he has so far guided Town to fifth in League One, 13 points off the automatic promotion places.

Reports have also suggested that Burnley have spoken to O'Driscoll but Rovers, who are desperate to keep the 52-year-old, insist they are wide of the mark.

O'Driscoll has been in charge of Doncaster since taking over from Dave Penney in 2006 and has led the club into the Championship.

I think it's vital that the club hold onto Sean and Richard O'Kelly, if they do that it would be a big achievement

Doncaster captain Brian Stock

And club captain Brian Stock is not surprised that a Premier League club is interested in his boss.

"Every time a job goes and someone gets sacked you always think that Sean will have a chance, but it's one of those things," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"He is not in the public eye and he doesn't like the media much, so that might affect his appointment in that respect.

"As managers and coaches go I don't think that there are many that are better.

"I think it's vital that the club hold onto Sean and Richard O'Kelly, if they do that it would be a big achievement.

"I thought it was a clever move by the chairman in appointing Sean and the way that he has transformed this club is amazing."

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