Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement is the favourite to take over from Steve McClaren as the head coach of Derby County.
McClaren has failed to deliver promotion in consecutive seasons. His potential replacement, Clement, was assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid for two years but following the Italian’s sacking on Monday, Clement could now look to leave as well.
Despite never holding a managerial post Clement has spent time coaching at Chelsea with Guus Hiddink and was then retained by Ancelotti when he took over at Stamford Bridge. Following this, the Italian took Clement with him to his next two jobs at Paris Saint Germain and Madrid.
With Clement part of the back room set-up at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League and also secured the Copa Del Rey in 2014, convincing many that he has the pedigree to work in England’s second tier.
Steve McLaren was removed from his post as manager on Monday amid specualtion he was being targetted by both Newcastle and Sunderland. Despite leading the Championship in late February, McClaren’s team won just twice in their last thirteen games to finish a point outside the play-offs.
Derby County chief executive Sam Rush has also hinted that the deal has already been completed and is quoted by the BBC as saying: “Making any change in head coach or manager at a club always has some degree of concern for everyone, but I am confident the right decision has been made.”
The Daily Mail has also reported that Clement has been offered a £2.7million-a-year contract, making him one of the highest paid managers in the division.
Despite the fact that the club remain manager-less, Rush has continued to press on with recruitment.
Darren Bent has been signed on a permanent deal from Aston Villa. The 31-year-old scored 12 goals in 17 games for the Rams and will be a key player in their bid for promotion next season.
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