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McClaren committed to Forest

Steve McClaren has issued a statement to insist he has no intention of leaving Nottingham Forest.

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McClaren, in his first job in his homeland since failing to lead England to Euro 2008, has regularly spoken of his frustration with the club's transfer dealings and was widely reported to be considering his future on Friday.

The BBC reported later in the day that Forest chairman Nigel Doughty and chief executive Mark Arthur were in talks with McClaren's adviser, Colin Gordon, and would make a final decision over the weekend.

However, McClaren has now denied his future at the City Ground is in doubt.

"I am surprised at the reaction that has come following some of the comments I have made," he told the club's official website. "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 and achieving the goal of taking the club back into the Premier League. Contrary to reports, it has never been my intention to consider leaving. I'm certainly no quitter and I am as enthusiastic about the task as I was on the day 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 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."


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