Parlour suggests a worry that Derby County fans will have to get used to

Steve McClaren

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has explained why he feels Steve McClaren will always be linked with an exit from Derby.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT yesterday, he doesn’t feel there is much to the rumours linking Steve McClaren with a Derby County exit.

The Guardian reported earlier this week that McClaren is a long term target for the club, regardless of their recent appointment of Dick Advocaat.

However, Parlour has explained that rumours are something Rams fans will have to get used to because of the job their boss has done at the club.

“I think he's going to be linked with a lot of clubs because he's come back in and he's done a decent job,” said Parlour.

McClaren’s immediate job is to try and prevent the slide the team have been suffering in recent weeks, which has seen them drop from an automatic promotion place into the play-off positions.

The obvious aim for the Rams before the end of the season is to get promoted into the Premier League and if they pull it off, it completely changes things.

McClaren would then be in a difficult position if Sunderland chose to target him, but it would be difficult to see him leaving a newly promoted team.

He’s on a journey with the club and is working hard to eradicate the bitter memory of the play-off heartbreak of last season.

He will be linked with more potential exits, but unless he’s sacked, realistically it seems unlikely that he’ll be going anywhere.

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