John Hughes says talk of any behind-the-scenes drama at Swindon Town doesn't interest him ahead of his side's trip to The County Ground this weekend.
Speculation continues in the media regarding Paolo Di Canio's future in the Robins hotseat but Hughes - who was a team-mate of the Italian at Celtic in the 1990s - insists he has taken everything he's read about the situation with a pinch of salt.
And the Pools boss says that while he's inspired by the prospect of coming head to head with Di Canio, his focus will be entirely on what his team are doing as they bid to make it three wins from three in their fight against the drop.
"I've played with Paolo, he's a good friend and I'm really looking forward to locking horns with him at the weekend," Hughes told Pools Player.
"Over the last few weeks there has been this news of unrest at Swindon but let me tell you, Paolo is as sly as a fox and he'll not kid me on!
"He may kid a few reporters but I am convinced he will be using the situation to create a siege mentality in the dressing room and give his players the impetus and final push to get them over the line.
"It will be a difficult game for us on Saturday but we have our own fight and we have nothing to fear going there - we'll be going in to the game ready to stand up to the challenge.
"The spirit is good in the camp and we have some momentum and confidence now.
"We have to make sure we take that on now and go on to prove a lot of people wrong by staying in this league."
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