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MANAGER: It's not something I'm concerned about at the moment

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28 March 2022

It feels almost inevitable that every press conference with Paul Simpson is, at some point, going to angle towards a discussion about his future, and it was no different on Saturday, particularly after the team had just recorded yet another win.

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“I had a conversation with Nigel the other day about it,” the manager revealed. “He said, look, everybody’s asking the question.

“I said the remit is to get safe, let’s get ourselves safe. There’s lots of conversations that need to happen, I’m sure the conversations will happen, but we’re just going to have to wait and see.

“I’m really not in any hurry at this moment in time. I don’t need any distractions, the players certainly don’t need any distractions.

“What we need to do is keep going along as we are, keep focusing on the next one, the next game, and I’m sure at some point we will have those conversations.”

“Really, I’ve learned there’s no point worrying about things like that,” he continued. “I know I’m definitely here until after the Bradford game, who knows what’ll happen after that.

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“In the summer when I went for a routine health check I didn’t know I’d get told I’d have cancer, so anything can happen and you’ve got to enjoy the moment, enjoy doing what you’re doing.

“I totally get why people keep asking me about it. Everybody has a job to do, and everybody wants to know.

“I don’t have a problem with people asking, but you also have to understand, I can’t actually give you the answer.”

“It’s just not something I’m concerned about,” he added. “I’ve been in a situation where people have wanted me out, so I’m enjoying the fact people want me in.

“My gamble that I had to take was to get myself off my backside and stop watching games on Sky TV and my iPad, watching Gilette Soccer Saturday every weekend.

“My challenge was to get out there and actually one, see for myself whether I wanted to do it and whether I could do it, and two, show people that I am still around and I do still want to be involved in it.

“I knew if it didn’t work I’d probably be having to look for another job in another line of work, but I also knew if I did it right and we got what we wanted, I might give myself options.

“Who knows, I’ve loved every minute of it, I’m still loving every minute of this, I’ve realised regardless of what some fans think, I am ok at doing it, and let’s wait and see what comes.”


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