Derby are set to open talks with manager Nigel Clough about a new contract.

Chief executive Tom Glick believes Clough remains the right man to take the club forward and is the Rams' longest-serving manager since Jim Smith departed almost 10 years ago. Clough, who signed a three-and-a-half year deal when he took over in January 2009, will see that contract end next summer but Glick insists the matter is not a distraction for either party.

After 14th and 19th-place finishes in the past two seasons, County are currently sitting third. Glick told the Derby Telegraph: "We are delighted with how the team has started the season. I think our commitment to Nigel has been on display for everyone to see for some time. He has been our guy and he continues to be our guy."

He added: "What we certainly do not want to do is conduct any contract extension in public.

"We are all aware his contract is up at the end of the season and we have no intention of leaving it to next summer.

"I don't want to put a timetable on it - he and I have not put a timetable on it. We will be working together to hopefully extend him for some time to come."

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