Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said that his players would not lose any sleep if he left the club to take over as England manager.
Redknapp has been widely tipped to succeed Fabio Capello and lead England into battle at Euro 2012 - but his link with the national post has coincided with a downturn in Spurs' form, leading to suggestions the squad has become distracted.
Tottenham were seconds away from losing their fourth Premier League game in a row until Rafael van der Vaart rescued a point against Stoke in midweek, and they have been leapfrogged by rivals Arsenal in the table.
Asked whether his link to the England job was affecting Spurs' players, Redknapp said: "[That's] the biggest load of nonsense I've ever heard in my life. They don't care whether I'm the manager next year, they wouldn't lose any sleep over that. Footballers are footballers: they play the game, they train every day.
"Someone else could come in here tomorrow... The king is dead, long live the king. That is football. They don't worry if Harry's going to England, or if he's going somewhere else. It doesn't happen that way. They don't think about that; I don't think about it.
"Whatever happens to me at the end of the season happens to me, I don't lose any sleep about it one way or the other."
Redknapp was also quick to assure reporters that Tottenham's recent poor form would not play on the team's mind in the coming weeks.
"It (the poor run) has not affected our confidence at all, not in any way, shape or form," Redknapp added. "The players don't sit in there and think 'We have to make the Champions League'.
"They want to play well in every game. They will come out and train this morning and be as bright as they could be. There are nine games to go, a lot of points to play for and there will be lots of twists and turns between now and the end of the season.''
Looking forward to the Chelsea encounter, Redknapp is hopeful that his team can maintain their league table advantage over a resurgant Blues side.
"They have had one or two bad results but Chelsea have always been a top team,'' he said. "They have some real winners and leaders, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba... They are a strong outfit.
"It's a big game for us. We have got a lead over Chelsea but we have to maintain it.''
"Lennon is training. He trained yesterday, today. he will train all over theweekend, but he doesn't at the moment feel he is ready to play so he is not available,'' Redknapp added.
Emmanuel Adebayor, who missed Wednesday's draw, will have a test on his hamstring problem to see if he is fit to return.