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Darrell Clarke gives his reasons for rejecting Leeds United job

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

Leeds United had agreed a compensation package with Bristol Rovers for Darrell Clarke.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has told BBC Sport that he has no regrets over rejecting a move to Leeds United.

Leeds agreed a compensation package for Clarke, but the 38-year-old turned down the opportunity to move to Elland Road.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

Clarke decided to pen a new contract with Rovers, and he insists that he has no regrets over his decision.

"They met the compensation and I spoke to Leeds. But my head was at Bristol Rovers," he said.

"We're certainly going the right way, building the infrastructure. That's excited me, with the thought of potentially building a new training ground and a new stadium.

"That's why I've committed myself to the long term for the football club.

"You've got to respect Leeds as a massive football club, but I'm excited about the project here. I have no hesitation in knowing that I've made the right move."

Clarke was the second manager Leeds tried to convince to make the move to Yorkshire, after initially moving for MK Dons’ Karl Robinson.

After Clarke turned them down, Leeds eventually ended up handing the job to Garry Monk.

Bristol Rovers Manager Darrell Clarke at the end of the match

Monk has made an encouraging start at Leeds, and he has already brought in three new players.

Clarke, meanwhile, has been planning to ensure that Rovers are competitive on their return to League One.

The Gas won promotion in dramatic fashion last term, and will be aiming to take their momentum into the new campaign.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke celebrates at the end of the match

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