Derby County boss Steve McClaren comments on Newcastle United speculation

Steve McClaren

Derby County manager Steve McClaren is reportedly a candidate for the Newcastle United job.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has been quoted as saying by The Chronicle that he is not interested in becoming the Newcastle United head coach.

According to The Chronicle, McClaren is one of the two remaining candidates for the Magpies job, the other being the current head coach John Carver.

However, today, the former Manchester United assistant manager has distanced himself from the speculation.

“I am contracted to Derby County, so yes,” The Chronicle quotes the Englishman as saying when asked if he intends to remain in charge of Derby at the start of next season. “I killed this in December. This can be a distraction, but it’s not to me.”

When asked if he is a candidate for the Newcastle job, McClaren said: “I haven’t got a clue if I’m a candidate for the Newcastle job. It’s disrespectful to John Carver, to Newcastle, my focus is purely on Derby.”

It seems that McClaren is determined to fulfil his contract at Derby and is keen to making sure that the Rams finish in the Championship playoffs this season.

The Rams are out of the running for automatic promotion to the Premier League, but they can still secure a playoff spot.

From their last two remaining matches, Derby need just one win to finish in the top six and in he playoffs.

Meanwhile, Newcastle find themselves among the teams fighting against relegation from the Premier League.

John Carver’s side are currently just seven points above the relegation zone and have lost their last six league games.

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