May 06, 2015 16:58:20 UK
Derby County manager Steve McClaren insists he is committed to getting the club into the Premier League.
Derby looked set to fight it out for the Championship title for much of this season but, having been top of the table with two months remaining in the season, the Rams collapsed and eventually finished outside the playoff places.
McClaren’s side needed just a point from their clash with Reading at the iPro Stadium last weekend to secure a place in the playoffs. However, with confidence clearly lost they succumbed to a 3-0 reverse.
McClaren has been consistently linked with Newcastle since Alan Pardew departed but the former England boss has re-iterated his desire to stay at Derby for next season.
“I hear the speculation, I see it, but I’m 100% committed to Derby County at this point. I’ve been saying it for months that my total focus, my total commitment, is on Derby County,” McClaren said.
According to McClaren, there remains unfinished business at Derby for him.
I want to stay here and finish the job.
“There is still a lot more to come from this team and this club. The aim is to get into the Premier League.
“For three-quarters of the season we were one of the best teams in the league, we were top of the league. We looked as if we were going to go on,” he added.
Derby’s place in the playoffs was grabbed by Brentford, who are now 4.50 to earn promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs.
McClaren says that Derby’s fall from the top of the Championship in the latter part of the season did not make them a bad team.
“Since that moment a lot of things have gone wrong but it is not a bad team, it is not a bad football club overnight. That is why I want to stay here and finish the job.”
Newcastle meanwhile are 6.50 to be relegated from the Premier League as they continue to toil under John Carver.
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