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Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade admits he is flattered by speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at West Brom - but insists he is happy at the Matchroom Stadium.

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Slade has guided his side to the Sky Bet League One play-off final against Rotherham on Sunday despite having limited funds to spend.

That has led to media reports suggesting he could be on his way to The Hawthorns - but he remains keen to continue his work in east London.

"I think it means that, other than my chairman banging on about how good I am, it's appreciated in other quarters the kind of job we have done here," he said.

"It's nice to be recognised for what we have done, with no money, and had a relatively successful season.

"It's nice to be linked to a Premier League club when you are a League One manager.

"There are some really talented managers outside the Premier League, under people's noses, but they don't get recognised.

"But the total focus is my football club. It's speculation and I just want to get us into the Championship."

Slade is the fourth longest-serving boss in the Football League having taken over at Orient in 2010 and he puts that down to a good working relationship with chairman Barry Hearn.

"I have a two-year deal here and the great thing about this club is, and it's not all about pounds and pence, but it's that I'm able to manage this football club, to put my stamp on it," added Slade.

"I think we've had one board meeting in four-and-a-half years! Barry speaks to me once a week on the phone, we get on very well, and I see him on matchdays when we're at home.

"But within the constraints I am able to run the club the way I want to run it, with my staff and my players, and try to move it forward and I think I've done that.

"In today's modern game I'm thankful to be able to do that.

"Of course everyone has ambitions and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to manage at the highest level. But in the short term I want to be a manager in the Championship with this club."

Watch Leyton Orient take on Rotherham for a place in the Sky Bet Championship. Coverage begins this Sunday at 2pm on Sky Sports 1.

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