Former England manager Steve McClaren has been linked with the Newcastle United head coach position since January, and Steve is doing his best to do two things – trying to get Derby County promoted to the Premier League, and playing down any talk that he will join Newcastle at the end of the season.
Derby Chairman Sam Rush and manager Steve McClaren
You cannot blame McClaren for that, and he’s doing his very best in the job he has now, and hopefully for Derby County and their fans the club can get promoted this season, after so narrowly missing out last May to QPR.
We may criticize Steve on his coaching talents, but there’s no doubt he ‘s a good man and a very good professional.
Derby play second top Watford at home tomorrow night, so that’s a huge game and 3 points for Derby would put them within 2 points of Watford and an automatic promotion spot – a really big game tomorrow night for Steve and Derby County.
At his press conference today, this is what Steve said when asked about the link to Newcastle:
“It is football, it’s newspapers and it is that time of the season. Our focus is on Watford on Friday, and then Wigan on Monday, and the big April we have got ahead.”
“We are focusing on doing a job here, we know where we want to go, and that is the main aim.” “We said from day one we have got a job to do here, we are focused totally on that.”
“Everything else is irrelevant and speculation.”
Good words from McClaren there but in truth those denials don’t mean too much, but it allows Steve and his players and coaches to concentrate on the work at hand – and that’s always important.
Newcastle have said they will do nothing on the head coach position until the end of the season, and Steve McClaren will (quite rightly) deny he has any interest in the Newcastle job.
If Derby come away from gaining only 2 points form their last six league games, and have a good string of results in the final seven games of the season, they could still get automatic promotion or get it via the play-offs – and Steve McClaren would in all likelihood stay at Derby.
It starts with the game tomorrow night, and a win against in-form Watford could send Derby County on their way.
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