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Chisholm 'flattered' by Dens link

Queen of the South manager Gordon Chisholm
Chisholm led Queens to the Scottish Cup final last season

Queen of the South boss Gordon Chisholm says he is flattered at being linked with the vacant manager's job at Dundee but insists he is happy at Palmerston.

Chisholm's side currently lead the First Division, prompting speculation that he could be a target for the Dens Park side, who sit in joint-seventh.

"It's a compliment to be mentioned for the Dundee job," Chisholm told the BBC.

"I've signed a two-year contract (with Queens), I'm very happy here. We're trying to go for promotion."

The Dumfries side reached the final of the Scottish Cup last season, where they were narrowly beaten by Rangers, and have made an impressive start to the 2008/09 season.

By contrast, Dundee are without a win in their last nine games which contributed to Alex Rae's departure as manager.

"There has been a lot of speculation and that's exactly what it is, speculation and rumour," added former Dundee United manager Chisholm.

"I was at Dundee as a player, I captained the club. I have stayed in the Dundee area for eight or nine years all in all.

"It is flattering but as it is, it's speculation."

With Queens losing their last league fixture against Airdrie United, Chisholm is determined to get his side back to winning ways when they visit Victoria Park on Saturday.

"The priority right now for me is to get the boys right after last Saturday, when we suffered a defeat at Airdrie," said Chisholm.

"We're hurt and disappointed by that so I think the full focus has got to be on Ross County on Saturday.

I believe that he's the man the Dundee fans want for the job

Queen of the South chairman David Rae

"I've got a good relationship with the chairman. I've got a good squad of players here, I'm happy working with them and we're progressing all the time so I've just got to concentrate on what I'm doing.

And Chisholm does not think that speculation over his position will affect the players.

"I don't think anybody's read too much into it," he added

"If it goes on and on, I suppose it could cause people to ask questions but to be honest I think the players are pretty well focussed.

"I think that's the last thing on their mind."

Queens chairman David Rae has already attempted to assure the club's fans that they are not about to lose their manager or coach Billy Dodds, who has also been linked with a move to Tayside.

Rae told Queens' website: "I can vouch that there has been no official approach made to me by Dundee Football Club about the availability of Gordon Chisholm and Billy Dodds.

"But it's understandable that the media have made the two of them 'front runners' to take over.

"However, Chis has been the most successful manager in the history of Queen of the South and I want to hang on to him.

"I believe that he's the man the Dundee fans want for the job.

"At this moment in time, I've heard nothing from Dundee, although the situation could change.

"Our striker coach, Billy Dodds, has an excellent job at BBC Scotland and I want them both to stay."

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