McClaren dismisses Newcastle link

Former England boss and current Rams manager distances himself from reports linking him with a move to the North East to replace the outgoing Alan Pardew at St James' Park

With manager Alan Pardew expected to complete his return to Crystal Palace any time soon, the speculation continues about who will replace him at Newcastle United.

Derby boss Steve McClaren is among a list of candidates for the job following a successful spell in the Championship that has seen the former England boss restore his reputation.

But McClaren, who oversaw the Rams' 2-0 win over Leeds United on Tuesday to end the year third in the table, played down a potential move to Newcastle.

"I think there have been about 10 [people] linked," McClaren told reporters on Tuesday.

"It's the speculation season and all we can do is focus on what we are doing. We've got big games coming up and a job to do here.

"In the last year, I think we have established ourselves as a very good team, the club is building and growing and these are a great bunch of lads to work with and when they play like they did tonight, I enjoy watching their football.

"Their attitude is tremendous, they work hard and if we lose, it's not through a lack of endeavour. They never stopped chasing for 95 minutes and that is the platform."