LEE CLARK faced a barrage of questions about being linked with the Leicester City job – and played them all with the straight bat of honesty.
Most of all, he was keen for the speculation not to affect his players and explained to the gathered press at Huish Park that he’d made special mention of it to the squad before Town’s 1-0 win.
“I had a meeting with the players before the game because I was getting a little bit frustrated,” he explained.
“When these stories start going around it can be seen as if you are taking your eye of the ball, and I certainly don’t want to do that.
“I am very professional and I take pride in what I am doing.
“I work for a man (Dean Hoyle) who deserves my total concentration in this job.
“My total focus is on helping him achieve his ambitions and dreams for his hometown club, and I would never short-change him by letting my mind wander elsewhere.
“When you look at the way we played in the match some people might wonder if my mind was elsewhere, but it certainly wasn’t.”
Clark – who will have been at Town for three years in December – was asked if his ambitions were to manage at a higher level.
“Of course I’m interested in managing at a higher level – I want to be a Premier League manager,” he answered.
“I have no ambitions to be an international manager at this stage, maybe that will come later in my career, but I know I now work with very, very good people at this club and that Huddersfield Town will go to the top level.
“The backing the owner gives and the support he gives to everybody, not just financial, but to me, my staff and everybody connected to the club, it’s absolutely essential that we do right by him.”
If Town draw or win against Walsall at the Galpharm on Saturday they will equal Nottingham Forest’s Football League record of 42 matches unbeaten, set in the late 1970s.
The all-time record in English football is 49 matches set by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’.