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West Brom boss Di Matteo ignores speculation over his future

Roberto Di Matteo is focussing on West Brom amid speculation linking him to a bigger club. The Baggies boss has earned high acclaim after guiding his side to promotion last season before leading them into the top half of the table in the early stages of the Premier League season.

When asked about being linked to more high-profile clubs, the Italian said: "I don't read papers, in good times or bad times.

"It doesn't affect me at all. I have a job and I like my job and I need to win games. I'm going to try my best to win games.

"I can achieve my ambition by doing a great job. That's why I work very hard and prepare my team to the best of my knowledge and ability to win the next game.

"I'm not fussed by all the surroundings. I'm quite boring actually and simple in that way.

"I need to win games. That is my aim and my focus. Winning helps to keep the chairman off my back."

Questioned about his current deal at Albion, Di Matteo added: "My contract situation is not an issue. I have a rolling contract. It suits everybody."

The Baggies, who travel to fellow promoted side Blackpool on Monday evening, have enjoyed some shock wins already this season, with victory at Arsenal and a draw at Manchester United.

"We don't go into any game with fear. We have respect but no fear," said the 40-year-old.

"But if you want to do an analysis of the away games we've played so far you would have to include Chelsea and Liverpool.

"At Chelsea we got hammered (6-0 on the opening day of the season), at Liverpool we were probably unfortunate to lose but we lost.

"We went with the same attitude and mentality, at Arsenal we worked hard, at Manchester we worked hard. We try to go to win every game.

"We have a philosophy of how we want to win games. We do adjust it and adapt it a little bit, considering the opposition and the players we have available."

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