Dave Challinor says his Hartlepool United side producing the goods on the pitch brings speculation surrounding him and his players. 

Recently, Dave Challinor's odds dropped from 16/1 to 4/1 to become the League Two side's next manager. 

Challinor played for Tranmere as a player between 1994 and 2002 and made 140 league appearances at Prenton Park.

However, the Pools boss says it odds dropping was a sign that he and his players are doing their talking on the pitch. 

"If players and essentially management teams probably aren't getting linked with other clubs then we're not doing a great job" said Challinor.

"Speculation is part of what the media is about and there's that much of it.

"Of course it's good and it's flattering to be linked with other things but that's as far as it goes. 

"We know exactly where we're at, we're coming into a real exciting part of the season with some big games we're really looking forward to.

"We've got a huge chance, and a huge opportunity and it's one that we want to do everything we can to take."

Pools take on Sutton United on Sunday as they chase down a top three spot in the National League and face Weymouth on the final day of the season.

They made sure of their play-off place after a 3-1 win over Aldershot last weekend.