Mills insists he is focused despite Wrexham FC link

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Richard Williams

GATESHEAD boss Gary Mills insists he is focused on his job at The International Stadium – despite being linked with the vacant manager’s position at Wrexham FC.

The 53-year-old, who led York City to promotion via the Conference Premier League play-offs in 2012, has emerged as favourite for the role at The Racecourse.

But Mills faces competition from the likes of The New Saints director of football Craig Harrison, ex-Mansfield manager Paul Cox and Macclesfield boss John Askey.

“Wrexham have shown an interest and I don't know anymore than that,” said Mills. “I'm here as Gateshead manager and to do my job, and that's how it goes.

“Things have come to light over the last 48 hours. I came to Gateshead to get them back into the Football League and I've loved my two years at the club.”

Gateshead chairman Graham Wood confirmed that an official approach has not been made by Wrexham, who are not expected to appoint Kevin Wilkin’s successor until after the season finishes on Saturday.

“Gary has not mentioned Wrexham to me yet and there has been no official approach, so as it stands it is just speculation,” said Wood. “If Wrexham do want to speak to him then they will need to go through the right channels.” 

While Wrexham won’t rush an appointment, goalkeeper coach Michael Oakes insists there is still plenty to play for.

“I am sure everybody is worried about their futures and stuff but it is football and it happens to players numerous times in their career,” explained Oakes. “It is no different, you get on with it, no matter who is in charge. Whether you have got anyone in charge or not, you have got to go out and perform, you owe it yourselves, you owe it to the club and you owe it to the fans.”

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