Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers boss plays down Hartlepool link

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke made 136 appearances in all competitions for Hartlepool between 2001 and 2007

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has played down speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at one of his former clubs, Hartlepool United.

The League Two club sacked Paul Murray last week after a defeat in the FA Cup.

Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol: "It's always nice to be linked with any job. I spent a good six years playing up there. I still know a lot of people at the club, but I'm happy with my job.

"I've got unfinished business here, so nip that one in the bud straight away."

Clarke's Rovers are currently third in the Conference, nine points behind leaders Barnet.

Hartlepool lie bottom of League Two, six points adrift of safety.