Date: 12th February 2014 at 5:57pm
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With reports linking manager James Beattie to the Oxford United vacant hotseat, our gaffer has moved quickly to quell that speculation.

Oxford’s former manager Chris Wilder left them late in January to join fellow League Two side Northampton Town, and given how Beattie has turned around our fortunes this season in his first managerial position speculation linking him to other jobs is going to be par for the course in the future.

However our 35 year old gaffer told the BBC that there had been no official or unofficial approach from anybody from his services, and that’s the way he likes it because he’s enjoying his time with us and has no interest in leaving before his job here is done.

‘I’ve spoken to the boys. They were talking and were a bit worried that I was going somewhere, but I’ve explained the situation. My commitment is to them and it has been from day one.’

It makes no sense whatsoever for Beattie to get half the job right with us given our winless start to the campaign where we picked up our first three points late in October and have now pulled ourselves off the bottom of the table to sit in 19th place in the league.

Leaving now would undo all his hard work and effort, and there are examples of manager’s moving no too quickly in life and ending up as yo yo managers who fail to put down roots and ultimately move on so often when a bigger purse is offer to them, that they end up not being offered jobs in the future.

Beattie clearly has more sense than that, and if he can continue this growth with us for four or five seasons and really make a name for himself, then he’ll move than deserve a crack at a higher level should he not manage to get us there with him.

Luke Joyce also piped up saying that the team were desperate for the gaffer to stay, and thankfully it seems the gaffer is desperate to remain, so it works out well for all, but Joyce admits being linked with other jobs is only a reflection on how well Beattie has done since stepping up in the summer.