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.”
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.