Steve McClaren turns down Newcastle job

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Former England manager Steve McClaren has pledged his future to Derby County after rumours he was set to become the boss at Newcastle United for the remainder of the season.

McClaren, 54, was approached recently by the Tyneside club, who have been struggling under temporary coach John Carver.

The club suffered a 3-0 defeat against relegation battlers Leicester City on Saturday. Newcastle sit in 15th in the league, only two points from relegation, after an embarrassing string on eight losses - the Magpies' worst run since 1977.

The club appointed Carver in a more permanent role after struggling to find a replacement for Crystal Palace-bound Alan Pardew in January of this year.

However, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has said he is willing to stand by under-fire John Carver until the end of the season.

Carver, formerly Pardew's assistant, has only won two of his 17 games in charge, leaving him with, near enough, a 12% win ratio.

Newcastle crashed out of the League Cup and FA Cup in the round stages and have failed to build upon their success in the past few seasons, since their return to the top flight.

Carver accused defender Mike Williamson of deliberately getting sent off against the Foxes. Despite protests from fans, owner Ashley has vowed to stick with Carver for the rest of this season.

Fans of McClaren's Derby team have been disappointed recently, as the club failed to reach the Championship promotion play-offs.

Supporters of the woeful Newcastle do have a thing or two to feel happy about, with a £15m deal agreed for Anderlecht hitman Aleksandar Mitrovic, who fired home 20 goals for the Belgian side this season.

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