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12th June 2003 20:47

Sheffield Star
CHRIS Kamara today spoke out for the first time about rumours linking him with the assistant manager's job at Sheffield United.
Kevin Blackwell's decision to quit Bramall Lane for Leeds - a move which has yet to be rubber-stamped - means United are on the look-out for an experienced number two.
Former Bradford and Stoke boss Kamara, who is a pundit on Sky TV, has been mentioned as a possible replacement and, although he refused to rule himself out completely, he admitted his media work could cause a conflict of interest.
But Kamara did reveal he was offered a coaching role with United before Christmas.
Speaking exclusively to The Star, he said: "You can never say never but things would be difficult.
"To be honest, I think some people have put two and two together and come up with five.
"I was asked by Neil (Warnock, United's manager) to do some coaching late last year and I immediately agreed; Kevin gave it his full blessing.
"I was really flattered but then Sky said that they'd have to pull me out of covering the play-offs and it became too difficult.
"It's a job I love, they pay me well, and so my first loyalty had to be to them.
"But you can never rule anything out completely in life."
Kamara, who worked on a part-time basis at Barnsley towards the end of last season, added: "I've spoken to Neil about the speculation on Monday and I think he's got a pretty good idea where it has come from."
Academy coach Ron Reid, veteran midfielder Stuart McCall and Keith Curle have also been mentioned as possible successors to Blackwell.
Meanwhile United are among the clubs tracking Stoke City's Clive Clarke according to his agent, Gary Mellor.


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