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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear linked with the vacant post at Leyton Orient

Chris Kinnear has responded to speculation linking him with the Leyton Orient manager's job.

Dover boss Kinnear is second-favourite with the bookies to replace Steve Davis, who was sacked this week with the O's three points above the National League relegation zone.

Whites drew 1-1 at Orient on Saturday in Kinnear's 600th league match in charge of the club.

Dover boss Chris Kinnear Picture: Tony Flashman
Dover boss Chris Kinnear Picture: Tony Flashman

Justin Edinburgh and Jay Saunders are also being talked about as candidates and Kinnear was asked whether he'd be interested in taking over at Brisbane Road.

He said: "It's up to them, isn't it? All I can do is try to get the points for Dover, whether I'm linked or not.

"At the moment, no-one's offered me anything anywhere. The Everton job's free as well.

"At the moment, I'm at Dover and I'll do the best I can, as I've always done."

Dover's draw on Saturday kept them top of the league but Wrexham and Sutton both won to close to within a point, alongside Macclesfield.

Kinnear said: "We could have been well away at the beginning. We could have had two or three but they played with a lot of spirit, which sides that change managers do.

"They've obviously got lots of very good players. It was a great atmosphere, the supporters got really behind them, bearing in mind what's been going on.

"We're disappointed in the way we played but that point, because we dug in and everybody worked as hard they could, even though it wasn't our day, has kept us top of the table.

"I don't expect our side to buckle at all. You've got to be proud of these lads - they won't, and that's why they are where were.

"I think we were favourites to be relegated at the beginning of the season when we only had Mitch Walker signed on. There were a lot of pundits that knew more than us who thought that.

"We're undefeated in 10 but sometimes you are going to lose games. We've just got to push on and hopefully win more games than anybody else and that keeps you at the top."

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