Pressley shrugs off Burnley speculation

Pressley's name has been linked with Burnley though he continues to plan for tomorrow's game with Partick
Pressley's name has been linked with Burnley though he continues to plan for tomorrow's game with Partick
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Falkirk’s manager remains focussed on tomorrow’s match with Partick Thistle, although his name is being heavily tipped for a move to the English Championship.

Steven Pressley said he’s flattered to be linked with the vacant managerial post at Turf Moor, but insisted the links were only “speculation.”

At the club’s weekly press conference he said: “I know of the speculation.

“It is flattering because Burnley is a good club with a great tradition - but so is Falkirk - and there has been no contact between the clubs.

“Like anyone I am ambitious but I need to stress I am very happy here.”

Pressley has been the main Clarets’ candidate for the job accroding to bookies this week, but yesterday former Watford boss Sean Dyche - the other name believed to be in the frame for the top job - was made 4/5 favourite to land the job with skybet. ASources in Scotland had said a move was “unlikely” at the beginning of this week when odds on Elvis fell from 66/1 to 2/1.

Pressley added: “I am proud to be manager at this football club (Falkirk) I have worked hard here and I will continue to do that because there is a real job to do here to keep delivering the best results for this club and I’ve been doing that this week ahead of the game with Partick Thistle on Saturday.”

Falkirk will be without Craig Sibbald and almost certainly Jay Fulton. Sean Higgins and Stephen Kingsley are both doubts for the game against the high-flying Jags side who thumped Airdrie United 7-0 last week.

The Bairns’ boss added: “Partick have invested heavily in their squad and it is a very competitive side. At the start of the season I thought they’d be there or thereabouts and they are, but we are also five games unbeaten.

“Although that includes a lot of draws, St Johnstone went on a run when they were promoted and that included several draws, so the momentum is important and I feel a confidence around the club in general.”

Stephen Kingsley’s broken nose incurred duiring last week’s 2-0 win at Dumbarton will require an operation.