The Birmingham Mail says former England head coach McClaren was due to be interviewed today by Villa owner Randy Lerner.
But sources close to McClaren claim he has been told he would be "wasting his time" attending the meeting. The negative reaction of some Villa fans to McClaren being in contention for the post has been taken into consideration by Lerner.
These claims have neither been admitted nor denied by Villa, with Lerner keen to make the right appointment to take the club forward.
But some sections of Villa supporters were also unhappy with the appointment of Gerard Houllier, who eventually parted company with the club last week for health reasons.