Nottingham Forest striker Matt Derbyshire has denied he criticised his own club's supporters after Saturday's 3-2 defeat away against Southampton.
But he told BBC Radio Nottingham that is nonsense, saying: "I couldn't be any happier with the Forest fans.
"I got asked 'Does Steve McClaren deserve to be booed?' and I said their fans were crazy to boo our manager."
Forest have slipped to fourth from bottom in the Championship table, having won just one and lost three of their opening six league matches.
Former England boss McClaren is still seen as an easy target for abuse from supporters who remember his ultimately unsuccessful spell in charge of the national team.