Derby County have confirmed that Steve McClaren has signed a contract to become the new manager of the Championship side.

According to the club’s official website, the 52-year-old has agreed a two-and-a half year deal at Pride Park after departing league-leaders Queens Park Rangers where he was first-team coach.

The appointment comes just two days after the club sacked Nigel Clough on the back of a disappointing loss to Nottingham Forest, a result that left the Rams 14th in the table.

McClaren will start work with the East Midlands side on Wednesday, directly after his new side host Ipswich Town in their 10th Championship game of the season on Tuesday night.

He will be joined by Paul Simpson, who has been signed as First-Team coach, and Eric Steele, who has joined as Goalkeeping Coach.

Derby president and chief executive Sam Rush told the club’s website: “We are thrilled to announce Steve McClaren as our new Head Coach.

“When we announced the departure of Nigel Clough it was stated that we were conducting a comprehensive review of the football structure, and we believe this is a major step forward in that regard.

He added: “Our goal is to have Derby County competing for a play-off place and beyond, and we feel with Steve and his team at the helm we have a great opportunity to do so.

“Steve is a highly qualified coach with all the skill-sets required to be a success here at Pride Park.

McClaren boasts an extensive managerial C.V, which includes a 5-year reign at Middlesborough, an unsuccessful term as boss of the England national side, and spells at FC Twente, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest.

The York-born man’s honours include the League Cup with Middlesborough in 2004 and Holland’s Eredivise title with FC Twente in 2010.

He has in fact been employed by Derby County twice before, in his playing days between 1985 and 1988 and as assistant manager for four years from 1995.

His newly appointed back-room team of Simpson and Steele were also former players themselves, and Rush admitted this was an important factor in their selections.

He said: “It is also important that Steve, Paul and Eric know what it means to play for Derby County and they have been at the club during the good times.

“Steve was a driving force behind the club’s promotion under Jim Smith in the 1990s and you only have to look at his CV to discover what a hugely talented coach he is.”

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