Newcastle United-linked Steve McClaren insists on Derby County stay

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has been linked with Premier League outfit Newcastle United, but he is staying at Championship club Derby County.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has told BBC Sport that he is fully committed to the club for next season.

The Rams failed to finish in the top six of the Championship this season and will have to try for promotion to the Premier League next campaign.

According to BBC Sport, Newcastle United were interested in his services and wanted him for their final three Premier League games of the season.

While McClaren has refused to divulge if Newcastle make him an offer, he has made it clear that he will remain at Derby for the 2015-16 campaign.

"I hear the speculation, I see it, but I'm 100% committed to Derby County at this point,” the former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest manager told BBC Sport. “I’ve been saying it for months, that my total focus, my total commitment, is on Derby County.”

In football, especially during the summer, nothing can be taken for granted, but the way that McClaren insists on remaining at the iPro Stadium suggests that Newcastle will have to look elsewhere for a new head coach.

John Carver’s current contract with the Magpies runs out at the end of the season, and given the team’s recent run of results, it will come as a surprise if he is kept on in the job for the 2015-16 campaign.

As for Derby, it should be good news that McClaren will remain in charge. Despite the Rams’ near misses under him over the past couple of seasons, the Englishman remains the right man to take the club forward.

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