McClaren bemused by rumours
Reds boss never considered quitting and remains committed to job
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: September 9, 2011 12:20pm
Steve McClaren claims walking away from Nottingham Forest was never an option and insists he is building bridges with his board.
Reports surfaced towards the end of the summer transfer window that the former England boss was set to quit his City Ground post two months into a three-year contract.
A lack of incomings was said to have left him frustrated and considering his position.
McClaren was quick to rubbish those rumours at the time and has reiterated that he remains fully committed to Forest and the challenge of taking them back to the Premier League.
"I don't know where those stories have come from," he told Sky Sports News HD.
"It's never been on the agenda. That's not what I'm here for. I am committed to this squad, I am committed to the club and to the fans that deserve a good team.
"We are trying to build a good team, that's what I am trying to do. It's my job to suggest how that team should be and how that squad should be. It's my job to do that and I will do that in whatever way I can.
"But the main thing is to focus on the rest of the season, focus on this group, which I'm delighted with and pleased to be working with."
McClaren regularly called for backing from his board throughout the summer but, despite seeing his pleas fall on deaf ears, he is adamant that he has no issue with Forest owner Nigel Doughty or the club's chief executive Mark Arthur.
"It's always been okay," he said on his relationship with the Forest hierarchy.
"You always have disagreements, you always have teething problems and you always have things at the beginning of relationships that need ironing out and sorting out.
"I think they have been done and I think there has been transparency, we know the parameters we have to work in and I think that has been evident in the transfer market up until the window and will probably be evident in the kind of loan signings that we bring in."