McClaren won’t be com­ing to Toon

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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.”

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