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I am going nowhere - McClaren
Published : 02 Sep 2011 16:30:29
Steve McClaren has confirmed he will be staying in his role as Nottingham Forest manager.
Reports emerged on Friday that McClaren, who was appointed at the City Ground just 11 weeks ago, had retreated to his north-east base to think about his position after becoming frustrated at a lack of investment in his team. But the former England boss has put those rumours to bed and insisted he is committed to guiding Forest back to the Premier League.
"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," he said in a statement 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.
"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."
McClaren did, however, concede he had endured some frustrations in his short reign to date.
"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," he added.
Chief executive Mark Arthur said: "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."