Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis plays down Burnley speculation to focus on lifting Crewe
C REWE boss Steve Davis says he won't be distracted by speculation linking him to the vacant job at Burnley.
The 47-year-old has been made among the favourites for the job by the bookmakers, who also have Paul Ince, Michael Appleton, Owen Coyle and Mick McCarthy among their leading candidates.
Davis is in negotiations about a new contract at Crewe, but is currently only on a rolling three-month deal.
The Crewe boss, who takes the team to Walsall today, is popular among Burnley fans after four years and 147 games as a player at Turf Moor.
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His stock has risen after leading Crewe to promotion in May, but he is philosophical about being linked to the job in the Championship.
Davis said: "It's not something I can control.
"It's like when you are a player. If you are doing well then people are going to notice.
"Likewise with a manager. If you have had some success then chairmen are going to notice.
"I'm not just talking about myself. Any manager who has had a reasonable amount of success will come on the radar and will be pursued for a little while.
"That's something I can't control. All I can control is what we do at Crewe Alexandra.
"I am just really concentrating on getting three points at Walsall. That's the most important thing from my point of view."
Davis admits he's not sure when his new deal at Crewe will be signed.
Crewe have offered him a contract but talks are continuing between the club and his representative at the League Managers' Association.
He said: "I believe the contract has been sent back to the club and now it is up to the club to look at it and finalise it.
"These things don't happen quickly, they can go on for months and months.
"I think it will happen, but when that will be I don't know.
"I just want it sorting out so the quicker they can do that the better."
The main stumbling block appears to be that the contract offered by Crewe doesn't have some of the clauses and conditions that the League Managers' Association would normally expect.
Davis explained: "The LMA one is an up-to-date contract all related to the needs of a manager. The other contract was probably a little outdated and didn't have some of those clauses in to give me enough protection.
"I am probably not qualified enough to comment on all those little words that come up in these contracts.
"I will leave that to the solicitors and everybody else to sort out. But I trust it will be sorted out at some point."
Burnley have been looking for a manager since Eddie Howe left the club for Bournemouth a week ago.
Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton hasn't ruled himself out of contention, prompting speculation that he could be tempted away from the administration woes at Fratton Park.
However, he said: "I have stuck around for 11-and-a-half months so it would take one hell of an offer and one hell of a football club to prise me away.
"It's like anything in life; you have been given a compliment that someone else is supposedly interested in your services so you are doing something right."