McClaren vows to stay put
Reds boss plays down quit talk and claims to be fully committed to role
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: 02/09/11 5:13pm
Steve McClaren has responded to speculation regarding his future at Nottingham Forest by vowing to stay on and hit his targets.
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Reports have suggested that the Reds boss is weighing up his options after being left frustrated in the transfer market.
A lack of action at the City Ground on deadline day was said to have left McClaren questioning his position.
The former England manager only arrived on Trentside in June but, after repeated calls for backing, he was reported to have grown disillusioned with the job.
McClaren has, however, been quick to spell out that while he is disappointed to have been unable to add in midweek, he remains fully committed to Forest and their efforts to return to the Premier League.
"I am surprised at the reaction that has come following some of the comments I made," he said in a statement released on Forest's official website.
"Contrary to reports, it has never been my intention to consider leaving. I am certainly no quitter and I am as enthusiastic about the task as I was when I arrived in Nottingham in June."
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"I can't deny that it has been a frustrating time and some things have not worked out the way I had hoped in the first three months but it is a building process and still very much early days.
"I would like to emphasise that my only concern is getting on with the job at Forest of achieving the goal of getting the club back to the Premier League.
"Contrary to reports, it has never been my intention to consider leaving. I am certainly no quitter and I am as enthusiastic about the task as I was when I arrived in Nottingham in June.
"I am desperately keen to succeed at Forest and as far as I am concerned it is onwards and upwards with everyone pulling in the same direction in order to achieve our aims."
Chief executive Mark Arthur, who has come under fire from certain sections of the Forest support for a perceived lack of support for the manager, added: "As with all new relationships there are teething problems and some frustrations, but they are ones that can be overcome.
"When we appointed Steve we knew we were getting a top-class manager with a proven track record and we very much viewed his arrival as the start of a long-term project.
"Nothing has changed with that and more than ever we are looking to work with Steve and helping him achieve the ambitions that we all have for Nottingham Forest."