Steve McClaren Rejects Speculation Linking Him With The Aston Villa Job

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Steve McClaren would prefer to stay with Derby, rather than join Aston Villa…

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Aston Villa manager’s job, claiming that his sole focus remains taking his current employers into the Premier League.

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The former England boss has impressed with his leadership of the Championship side since taking charge in 2013. County narrowly missed out on promotion last season, losing the play-off final to Queens Park Rangers, and currently sit third this time around.

After a run of six wins in their last eight games, McClaren’s side are just a point adrift of league leaders Middlesbrough, while they only trail second place AFC Bournemouth on goal difference, as the race for an automatic promotion spot hots up.

McClaren, who was quoted by the Daily Express, said: “I have a job to do here and I’m solely focusing on trying to get Derby into the Premier League.

“We’ve got a very, very good chance and everything else is speculation. We’ve got 16 games to go and have a chance of achieving what we want to achieve and I’m not going to walk away from it.”

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