McClaren won’t be coming to Toon
STEVE McCLAREN has pulled out of the running to manage Newcastle.
The Derby boss was on the Toon’s shortlist to replace Alan Pardew – but he insisted his future lies with the promotionchasing Championship club.
Ex-England chief McClaren put to bed rumours that he would move to Tyneside and revealed: “My chief executive Sam Rush spoke to me about three times last week and I said to him then, ‘Look, don’t worry, I am going nowhere’.
“I have got a job to do here. I don’t want to let people down here – you’ve got to show loyalty.
“Derby have given me a great opportunity. They have backed me, and Sam and the owners have been fantastic.
“We have asked players to commit to long contracts to take Derby forward, and the staff as well.
“We are building here and I want to see the job through.”
McClaren arrived at the iPro Stadium in October 2013 and has turned around the club’s fortunes on the pitch.
He led the Rams to last season’s play-off final and now his side sit third in the Championship.
He added: “I love it here. I don’t want to let people down and there is no question of that, despite all the rumours.
“These things are going to crop up with players and with staff, and it can’t derail us.
“Our objective is to push for the Premier League and we are in a good position to do that.
“I don’t want to let people down on that. The supporters have been fantastic with me from day one.
“There is nothing in my mind that says I am going anywhere.”