Derby boss Steve McClaren responds to QPR links

Steve McClaren

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has ruled out joining Premier League struggles Queens Park Rangers following Harry Redknapp's departure.

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Steve McClaren has laughed off speculation linking him to the vacant managerial role at Queens Park Rangers.

McClaren has been touted as one of the leading candidates to take over at QPR following Harry Redknapp’s resignation earlier this week, with the Rams head coach on a shortlist which includes former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood and Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement, according to the Guardian.

The ex-England manager, who spent time on Redknapp’s coaching staff last season before being appointed at the iPro Stadium, has also been linked with the Newcastle United job in recent weeks, per the Daily Mail, but he insists there is nothing to the rumours.

He said: “Shall we move on? Good try!”

"I answered that [speculation] a few weeks ago, and it is the same answer now. Nothing changes. We laugh it off and move on quick.

"So let's focus and concentrate on the job in hand which is trying to get Derby County into the Premier League."

After guiding Derby to the play-off final last season, McClaren now has the Rams second in the Championship table after 28 games, level on 54 points with leaders Bournemouth.

With the recent loan signings of promising duo Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard from Hull City and Manchester United, respectively, the club look a good bet to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2008.

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