The former England man says he’s committed to the Rams.
Steve McClaren appears to have ruled himself out of the running to succeed Harry Redknapp as QPR manager and has stressed his commitment to current club Derby County.
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Redknapp resigned as Rs boss in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a tough Premier League season to date – although cited knee problems as the reason for leaving.
Since then there has been much speculation as to who will take over from the 67-year-old, but McClaren’s comments appear to suggest it won’t be him.
“I answered that [speculation] a few weeks ago, and it is the same answer now. Nothing changes.We laugh it off and move on quick,” the former England manager was quoted by the Independent.
“So let’s focus and concentrate on the job in hand which is trying to get Derby County into the Premier League.”
Reaching the top tier of English football is certainly a realistic target for the Rams, with Derby currently level on points with Bournemouth at the top of the Championship, pushed into second place on goal difference alone.
If McClaren doesn’t take the position at Loftus Road then reports suggest former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood is the favourite, although Les Ferdinand, Michael Laudrup and Gianfranco Zola are also in the running.