Derby County have sacked manager Steve McClaren, with the club’s season seemingly heading for a mid-table finish, confirms the club’s official website.
Friday night’s defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion was the final straw for Derby’s chairman Mel Morris, who announced McClaren’s departure on Sunday evening.
McClaren replaced Nigel Pearson in October, for his second stint in-charge at the Pride Park Stadium, after Derby suffered a disappointing start to the season.
An initial upturn in results saw the Rams move into the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off zone, but a winless February, followed by an inconsistent start to March has seen McClaren lose his job.
The Rams are currently tenth in the Championship table, trailing sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday by ten-points, with just nine fixtures of the season remaining.
Derby have trip to the City Ground on Saturday lunchtime, to face Nottingham Forest, in their next league outing.
With Derby now looking for their third manager of the 2016/17 campaign, here is how fans are reacting on Twitter…
McClaren basically a victim of HIS great run that got us up into the top 6. A slow climb to mid-table and he'd still be manager #dcfc
— Dom T (@DomT77) March 12, 2017
— George Selby (@selb_mcc) March 12, 2017
— Karen Marsh (@kazvdcfc) March 12, 2017
Steve McClaren didn't deserve the sack if anyone deserved to go its the players. Thanks for the good times Mac all the best. #DCFC
— Matt (@M477M00R3) March 13, 2017
Catching-up on #dcfc news. Stability needed, but not with McClaren IMO. CV littered with failure. Delighted he's gone. Key appointment now.
— Ian Redfern (@redfern_ian) March 12, 2017
A lot of responsibility lies with the players and major personnel change needed over the summer, but McClaren wasn't the solution #dcfc
— Will Chick (@_WillChick) March 12, 2017
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— Rarry Gowett (@RazzaGowett) March 13, 2017