SOUTHEND United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley insists the Shrimpers will not be affected by speculation linking Phil Brown with a switch to Portsmouth.

Brown is rumoured to be attracting interest from the Hampshire club who are seeking a replacement for Andy Awford.

But Bentley believes Blues will not be losing focus.

“Whatever happens, happens and the gaffer has driven into us the need to be fully focused on the job on hand,” said Bentley.

“There’s no reason for me or any of the lads to think he’s not fully focused but it’s nothing to do with us.

“We have a job to do and that’s all we’re thinking about. “