Derby rule out McClaren exit amid Newcastle speculation

Championship high-flyers Derby County have ruled out the possibility of Head Coach Steve McClaren leaving the club, despite being linked with taking over at Newcastle United, ESPN has reported.

Alan Pardew recently left the Magpies after four years in charge to become the new manager of Crystal Palace, and McClaren has been listed as one of the early favourites to take his place on Tyneside, although current caretaker-boss John Carver is the only person to have declared his interest in the role.

Former England boss McClaren was appointed by Derby to replace Nigel Clough in October 2013, and he has turned the club from play-off outsiders to serious promotion contenders, narrowly losing out to Queens Park Rangers in last season’s Championship play-off final. He has guided the Rams to third place so far this time around.

It has been suggested that McClaren may want to return to Premier League management, but Derby chief executive Sam Rush insists he will be staying at the iPro Stadium. He said: `There is no question whatsoever of him leaving. He is one of the highest-performing managers in English football, so he is going to be linked and admired by others. But we have had no approaches.”

“I’m aware that there is speculation about Steve at the moment but he has completely dismissed it. His future is with us.”

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