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Boss Nigel Adkins stays focused on Scunthorpe job

Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins
Nigel Adkins has been in charge of Scunthorpe since December 2006

Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins says he is concentrating on the job in hand after being linked with the vacant post at Swansea City.

The former Bangor City boss has been in the frame since Paulo Sousa left Swansea a week ago, but insisted no contact had been made.

"If that situation ever did arise, it's maybe something me and the chairman will have a discussion about," he said.

"But that's not the situation and I'd rather not think about it."

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said on Wednesday that Adkins was a manager the board "admired" for his work since being handed the job when he was the Iron's physiotherapist.

The 45-year-old has led Scunthorpe to two promotions to the Championship in the space of three years and kept them up last season with the lowest budget in the division, which is also lower than some League One sides.

"We haven't made any contact with Scunthorpe at all as of yet and he is just one of a number of names we've discussed," Jenkins told BBC Sport Wales.


But Adkins did not want to be drawn on a "hypothetical" situation insisting getting Scunthorpe ready for the new season was his only priority.

"I'd rather control what I can do and that's trying to make sure I prepare our football team," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

"I've been here for 14 years and I would like to think everyone knows I'm a very loyal person.

"I'll do what I believe is right and at this moment in time is making sure I keep totally focused on the job in hand at Scunthorpe United."

Former Reading and Watford manager Brendan Rodgers has been interviewed for the job, while Sheffield United have rejected two approaches for their coach Gary Speed and Hamilton boss Billy Reid has turned down the chance to talk to Swansea.

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Swansea confirm new boss Rodgers
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Accies boss explains Swansea snub
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Swansea fail in second Speed bid
12 Jul 10 |  Swansea
What next for Swansea City?
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Sousa departs as Swansea manager
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