Transcript from McClarens press conference, all about the Newcastle saga. He says what you expect him to say really, some fans going mad about it, saying he should declare he will never leave derby or something...
STEVE McClaren today labelled the constant speculation linking him with Newcastle United as "disrespectful" to the Premier League club and their manager John Carver.
The Derby County head coach also said it was disrespectful for others to be linked with his job at Derby.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Real Madrid's assistant manager, Paul Clement, have been reported as targets should McClaren leave this summer.
McClaren is understood to be one of two people on Newcastle's short list for the head coach role at St James' Park next season, according to reports in the North East.
The other is thought to be Carver.
It has also been reported that Newcastle will reveal at the end of the season who will be in charge next season.
McClaren was quizzed about his future at a pre-match press conference this afternoon.
Here's what he said ...
Q) The Newcastle Chronicle is saying you and John Carver are the two candidates for the Job. Are you a candidate?
A) I haven't got a clue.
Q) Is that you ruling yourself out of the Newcastle job?
A) At the present moment it is disrespectful talking about Newcastle and their situation because they have a manager.
I really can't comment because John Carver is the manager and he is doing a good job.
He is fighting for the job and it would be disrespectful for me to comment 'yes' or 'no' because I don't know until the end of the season and until Newcastle say something, which is what they are saying.
I cannot comment because I have a job to do here. I am contracted here, my total focus is on this job, and that's it.
Q) Has all the speculation been disrespectful to Derby County supporters and the club as well?
A) I think so, but this is newspapers and this is what they do, they speculate.
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 and nothing will be, I suppose, discussed at Newcastle.
I have got a contract here for the next two years after this and I hope to honour that contract.
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.
Q) Is it confusing to see your name so regularly in the papers?
A) That was talked about in December and January.
At the present moment Newcastle doesn't interest me, I am not thinking about that. I am thinking solely of Derby.
Does it affect me? No.
I have had years of this, speculation about this or the other, and it is very flattering but as I said before Newcastle have got a manager.
It is the same with other people talking about this job [at Derby], and this might change and that might change, but it is very disrespectful to do that.
So, let's get on with the job.
My goal is to get in the play offs and do as well as we can.
Q) Is your goal to be at Derby next season?
A) That's why I signed a contract for however long I did. Until that changes either side, I carry on doing the job.
Q) It that you emphatically saying you are not a candidate for the Newcastle job?
A) People make candidates and speculate, even if they are not. I am experienced enough to know that.
I think I have answered the question.
I think the distraction is coming from outside, not internally.
Q) It boils down to a 'yes' or a 'no' for supporters. Yes or no, do you intend to be in charge of Derby County next season?
A) As I said, I am contracted to Derby County for the next two years, so yes.
Q) Do you feel it is disrespectful for people to link Sean Dyce and Paul Clement with your job?
A) We are all in the game, and I think we are all trying to make too much of this.
That's football, I have had it for years, and it will continue for years.
I cannot do anything about it.
All I can do is just carry on.
I cannot comment on it because there is nothing there to comment on.
I have not heard anything.
I think there was interest definitely in the winter, which we talked about.
They didn't have a manager then, they have got a manager now and so it would be disrespectful for me to talk about that.
Q) The papers take an awful bashing at times like this. It always seems to be the papers' fault. If the paper talk is rubbish, if it is wide of the mark and incorrect, then surely you can comment, can't you?
A) I don't know it is wide of the mark or incorrect, only Newcastle know that.
So you should ask Newcastle if it is true that they are interested in Steve McClaren because how can I comment on that if I don't know.