LEE CLARK has again distanced himself from reports linking him to Leicester and says he’s determined not to let the talk prove a distraction as Town prepare for tomorrow’s latest League I mission at Yeovil.
As the Galpharm manager and his second-placed side, now unbeaten in 40 league games, headed to the West country following the club’s successful open day yesterday, Clark was rated evens with Skybet to succeed Sven Goran-Eriksson at the East Midlands club.
But the boss – who aims to pile on the misery for the division’s basement side, who have been beaten five times at Huish Park already – said that while he has discussed the speculation with chairman Dean Hoyle, the bulk of their conversation was about Town’s promotion push.
“It’s just the same as with players,” said Clark, who has also been linked with Portsmouth. “If you are playing well and winning games, there is speculation. That’s the world we’re in and it’s never going to change, so we should be pleased people are talking about us.
“If people come calling, you don’t know what the next stage is, but all I can do is repeat that there has been no contact from anywhere else and that I am happy at Huddersfield and totally focused on getting this club out of this division.
“Nobody should underestimate the sense of loyalty I have to the chairman. We share the same ambition of taking the club forward and I am wary of all this speculation becoming a distraction from the real business, which is taking three points at Yeovil.”
It’s been a tough campaign for Clark’s opposite number Terry Skiverton, who has been hampered by injuries and suspensions and seen his team, who are without a win in eight, lose to Bury, Carlisle, MK Dons and both Sheffield sides at Huish Park.
Clark, whose players will use Bristol City’s training ground for today’s session, warned fans to ignore the table, adding: “No game is ever that straightforward, and at this stage of the season, tables don’t always tell the full story.
“I’ve watched four of their matches on DVD this week, and it’s clear they have some good players and play some good football. Exeter were bottom when we played them a fortnight ago, and they have won twice since, and Yeovil are a capable team as well.”
Town have Calum Woods back from suspension to contest the left-back slot with Gary Naysmith, who took over for Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe, while midfielder Oscar Gobern is responding to treatment on an ankle and has travelled.