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AFC Bournemouth link will not distract Yeovil Town's Gary Johnson

By WGSweet  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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Gary Johnson says his focus is on transforming Yeovil Town's fortunes

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Gary Johnson has refused to allow speculation linking him with the AFC Bournemouth job to distract him with the task of reversing fortunes at Yeovil Town.

The Glovers' boss emerged as an early bookies' favourite yesterday, seeing odds to succeed the sacked Paul Groves slashed from 33-1 to 5-2 in ten minutes.

Today he remains a 5-1 chance with Stan James, whilst Sky Bet price him at 11-4 behind Burnley's Eddie Howe and former Cheltenham Town and Nottingham Forest supremo Steve Cotterill.

However, Johnson said he could not let his focus slip from Yeovil as he attempts to arrest a run of six straight npower League One defeats. The Glovers entertain improving Colchester United on Saturday having last earned a point at the start of September.

Johnson said: "It is not unwanted and it is not a distraction either. There is a saying with managers that they all say they are very flattered but there is no decision until the decision is made.

"But we have got a little bit of work to do here and nothing must take our focus from what we have got to do because if anybody sees your focus is even slightly away from the job here it is does not work.

"At this minute everybody needs to give 100 per cent and that is what we are giving. In effect, it doesn't affect anything other than me answering the question."

Carlisle United's Paddy Madden arrived at Huish Park on loan for a month today, with Johnson believing the striker will add another dimension to his team.

"He has got infectious running and we feel the squad needs that because that is probably the one thing we have not got," he said.

Fellow forward Gozie Ugwu has returned to parent club Reading for treatment on a hamstring injury aggravated in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Portsmouth and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.

Johnson added Lewis Young will be out for a month after damaging ligaments and bruising his ankle bone when sliding off awkwardly against Pompey, while Gavin Williams (calf) is struggling to both train and play in the same week.

See today's Western Gazette for more news from Huish Park

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