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Leeds United striker McCormack has McClaren in his sights
7:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Leeds
Ross McCormack wants to be at the front when Leeds try to gatecrash Steve McClaren’s party at Derby on Saturday.
Former England boss McClaren takes charge of the Rams for the first time after watching their thrilling 4-4 comeback draw against Ipswich from the stands.
Leeds head for Pride Park with spirits lifted after beating Bournemouth to end a run of three straight losses.
Scottish international McCormack was restored to the frontline for Tuesday’s win, scoring his first goal in six games as well as missing a penalty. Now he hopes to keep the job at Derby.
He said: “I can play in other roles but I really enjoy playing up front. I know that if I play up front I’ll score and I’m definitely ready to step up and chip in.
“We’ve restored some confidence and we can look to kick on.”
Leeds are unlikely to see many changes in the home side as McClaren assesses the squad he has picked up from Nigel Clough.
McClaren said: “It is not a case of smashing it up and clearing everything up. It’s about taking on what Nigel was trying to establish in terms of a base and moving things forward.”
Meanwhile, Bahrain-based chairman Salah Nooruddin is hopeful Leeds can soon begin talks with a potential major new investor.
Nooruddin said: “We are very particular as to the quality and type of investor we want to bring in.
“We are looking for an investor who really adds value and can help us take the club to the next level. I think something might be on the horizon.
“We have reached a situation where I would say we are close to engaging with one.”