Derby County manager Steve McClaren gestures during their English FA Cup soccer match against Chelsea at the iPro Stadium in Derby, central England January 5, 2014.
Derby County manager Steve McClaren REUTERS/Darren Staples

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren is focused on his current task of leading his side back to the Premier League amidst rumours linking him to take charge of Newcastle United.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is tipped to be heading to Crystal Palace and save the Eagles from relegation after failing to meet expectations at St. James' Park for four seasons since moving in December 2010.

"I think there have been about 10 linked!" McClaren said.

"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."

McClaren has had numerous stints as an assistant and manager both in England and abroad, and has had the opportunity to lead the Three Lions in the past.

Meanwhile, the Rams are occupying the third spot of the second-tier table at the moment, just 3 points behind leaders Bournemouth.

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