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Nigel Clough has followed in his father's footsteps and become the new manager of Derby.

Clough, whose late father Brian took the club from the old Second Division to become champions of England and European Cup semi-finalists during his spell in charge between 1967 and 1973, had been heavily tipped to succeed Paul Jewell who resigned last week.

Clough, 42, makes the step into league management for the first time following a decade in charge of non-league Burton Albion.

Clough junior impressed in his first job as a manager. After taking charge initially as player-manager in October 1998 with Burton in the Southern League, he leaves the Brewers on course to get promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history.

Burton lead the way in the Blue Square Premier League with a 13-point cushion between themselves and nearest rivals Histon.

Brian Clough was football`s most celebrated maverick manager. He joined Derby in 1967 from Hartlepool and, a year later, the Rams were promoted to the old First Division.

They won the title in 1972 and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup the following year, beaten by Juventus amid uproar over allegations of match-fixing.

In spite of Clough`s departure from the club after a row with the board - and subsequent success with fierce rivals Nottingham Forest - he remained a hero to Derby fans. When he died in 2004, aged 69, the memorial service had to be held at Pride Park to accommodate 14,000 mourners.

Clough junior`s approach will be much more low-key. He has resisted offers from league clubs in the past, happy to serve his apprenticeship out of the spotlight, but the lure of Derby - and the chance to write another chapter in the Clough family`s footballing history - proved too great to resist.

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