Thursday, 3 November 2011

O'Neill 'no comment' on City job

Martin O'Neill has refused to be drawn on ongoing speculation linking him to the vacant managerial position at the King Power Stadium.

When asked by BBC Leicester's Ian Stringer, he stated that he had no desire to speak about the Leicester City manager's job - on or off the record. In what Stringer says was a brief phone conversation, the Northern Irishman did not dispel rumours that he has been approached or distance himself from speculation linking him to the Foxes' hot seat.

With Lee Clark now out of contention, Nigel Pearson has been installed as surprise favourite - Bet365 offering 11/8 odds on the former Foxes' manager making a return to the East Midlands - alongside Roy Keane. Billy Davies and Mark Hughes, consistently contenders for the post since Sven Goran Eriksson lost his job last week, each remain at 5/1. Pearson, however, has denied claims he may be tempted back to Leicester.

"I'm not interested in it," he said, "People outside of the football club have been talking about it, but not me. My priority is getting [Hull City] ready for the game on Saturday."

Dave Jones, former Cardiff manager, has confirmed that whilst he is interested in the post, he has not been approached by the football club.

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