Manning ‘has a job to do’ at MK Dons amidst QPR speculation
The 59-year-old announced he would step down at manager of Rangers at the end of the season, with Manning posted as one of the early favourites to take over.
Dons head into a hectic few days with their play-off campaign against Wycombe Wanderers coming up tomorrow (Thursday) and Sunday, and Manning was keen to distance himself from the rumours, with his focus on the task at hand.
“It's a straight bat on that one - I've got a job to do here,” he said. “All my focus is on this hectic week we've got. All my energy is on this club and making sure the players are prepared.
“It's part of the game: all the speculation and noise. It will never stop but my players know my attention is on them.
I see it as a compliment - whether there's any truth in it I don't know, I've not heard anything. It's important to stress how much hard work is going on here with so many good people, and it's a culmination of so many people delivering in their roles and pulling in the same direction.
“It's complimentary but it doesn't distract me, and I feel I'm quite good at blocking it out. My commitment is here and making sure we do everything we can do to progress in the play-offs.”