Ex-England boss denies interest in replacing Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager

Steve McClaren

Derby County boss Steve McClaren says there is no truth to rumours that he could be the next Newcastle manager.

With Alan Pardew set to complete his switch to Crystal Palace, it's time for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to find a replacement. Already we've seen a whole host of names linked with the job, and Pardew's departure hasn't even been confirmed yet!

Hull manager Steve Bruce is currently the bookies favourite, though the likes of Tim Sherwood, Christophe Galtier and John Carver have been touted for the role in the media.

Yet one of the more interesting links is to Derby County boss Steve McClaren.

The former England boss has rebuilt his reputation with the Rams, winning 41 of his 69 games in charge and cruelly missing out on promotion to the Premier League in last season's play-off final, losing 1-0 in the last minute against QPR.

Formerly manager of local rivals Middlesbrough, McClaren spoke about the rumours after watching his side beat Derby County 2-0, saying there is no truth to the speculation.

"It’s the speculation season and all we can do is focus on what we are doing. We’ve got big games coming up and a job to do here," said McClaren.

"In the last year, I think we have established ourselves as a very good team, the club is building and growing and these are a great bunch of lads to work with and when they play like they did tonight, I enjoy watching their football."

"Their attitude is tremendous, they work hard and if we lose, it’s not through a lack of endeavour. They never stopped chasing for 95 minutes and that is the platform," added Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant at Manchester United.

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