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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2007, 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK
I refuse to walk away - McClaren
England manager Steve McClaren
McClaren has come under fire from some England fans
England boss Steve McClaren insists he never considered quitting because of the abuse he received from angry fans during England's 3-0 win over Andorra.

Frustrated supporters let their anger boil over after a lacklustre goalless first half in Barcelona on Wednesday.

But McClaren told the News of the World: "I won't let some hateful mob drive me out of this job.

"I have work to do and I'm not leaving until I've done it. I did not consider walking away - not for a moment."

A stuttering Euro 2008 qualifying campaign has led to a section of England supporters becoming increasingly vocal in their disapproval of the former Middlesbrough boss.

I don't believe I will ever get abuse as bad as that again in my life

Steve McClaren

But McClaren added: "Even when the abuse was at its worst it never crossed my mind that this could be my last match with England.

"I don't believe I will ever get abuse as bad as that again in my life but when I look back on that experience, I feel I have emerged stronger."

McClaren also revealed how he tried to inspire his players to a better second-half performance against Andorra - which eventually resulted in three unanswered goals.

606: DEBATE

"When I got the players together at half-time I impressed on them that if things went wrong it would be me who took the stick," he said.

"I told them I can handle it, so they could go out, forget the atmosphere in the stadium and do their best to win."

FA chief executive Brian Barwick has stated his support for McClaren and the governing body's director of communications, Adrian Bevington, has moved to deny that other senior figures are against the England boss.

Reports have alleged that FA International Committee chairman Noel White and vice-chairman Sir David Richards are two figures whose loyalty to McClaren is in doubt.

But Bevington told BBC Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "There has never been a discussion about anything other than sticking with Steve.

"Brian is fully supportive of Steve. I have been with Noel White and David Richards and they are behind him and we have to do everything we can to support him.

"Our objective is to qualify for Euro 2008 and that's where we want to be next summer. We are going to do all we can to get behind Steve."



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