Derby County chief executive Sam Rush has revealed what first team boss Steve McClaren told him about the links to Newcastle United in a meeting between the pair.
Rush and McClaren speak after every Derby game, with the Rams officials holding a meeting after the FA Cup win against Southport.
One of the topics on the agenda was the speculation suggesting McClaren will be the man to replace Alan Pardew at St James Park, but Rush has confirmed some good news for Derby supporters.
“We had a chat about the speculation and after our chat I thought it was sensible just to confirm and reassure Derby County supporters that Steve McClaren is going absolutely nowhere,” Rush told the Derby Telegraph.
“He is 100% committed to the club. He is totally focused on his job.”
“I am aware that there is speculation about Steve but he has completely dismissed it. His future is with us.”
The news will be encouraging for Derby fans for several reasons, with the main being the consistency of keeping McClaren in place.
Derby are a Championship side chasing promotion into the Premier League and losing such an experienced and effective manager at this stage of the season could dent their chances of going up by the summer.
It also tells Derby fans a great deal about the resilience and backbone of McClaren because Newcastle is not an easy club to say no to.
Newcastle is one of the biggest and most well supported clubs in the Premier League, but McClaren obviously feels he has a journey to complete with the Rams.
Derby are three points off of Bournemouth in the hunt for the Championship title and McClaren will be more determined than anyone to get his side up to first in the table and to keep them there.