Derby County manager dampens Newcastle United link

first_img1 Derby County manager Steve McClaren Derby County manager Steve McClaren has dampened rumours linking him with a move to Newcastle United in the summer, claiming he wants to honour the remainder of his contract at the iPro Stadium.The former England boss revealed there had been interest from the Magpies for his services around the time when Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace and was subsequently replaced by John Carver.But McClaren said it would be “disrespectful” for him to comment on a potential move to St James’ Park, insisting he is focused on getting the Rams promoted to the Premier League.“I have got a contract here for the next two years after this and I hope to honour that contract, said McClaren.“But it is football, that might change, who knows. But at the present moment I am the Derby County head coach and will remain so until things change.“So, let’s get on with the job. My goal is to get in the play-offs and do as well as we can.”On the reports linking him with Newcastle, McClaren added: “I haven’t got a clue if I’m a candidate for the Newcastle job.“I think there was no secret that there was an interest in December and January. We talked about that and in the end they didn’t have a manager then.“What they did was appoint a manager [John Carver] and that is what they have got, and he is fighting for the job.“While somebody is in a job it is a little bit disrespectful. It’s disrespectful to John Carver, to Newcastle, my focus is purely on Derby.“But this is newspapers and this is what they do, they speculate. At the present moment Newcastle doesn’t interest me, I am not thinking about that. I am thinking solely of Derby.”last_img

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