Former England boss Steve McClaren has had his contract terminated by Derby County, the club have confirmed.
The news comes after weeks of speculation over McClaren’s future at the club, after a 3-0 defeat to Reading on the final day meant they missed out on a top six spot, in one of the shocks of the season.
They started this year and title favourites, and were on course for promotion at the beginning of the year. They were top of the League on February 28th, and ended up eighth by the end of the year.
It all came after a 2-0 defeat to Fulham sent them on a run of seven games without a win, picking up just three points. Since the defeat at Fulham, they only won 12 points out of a possible 39.
It’s now expected that Real Madrid assistant boss Paul Clement will takeover at the iPro to become the Championships highest paid manager.
The club released this statement: “Derby County have terminated the contract of Head Coach Steve McClaren with immediate effect.
The decision follows a thorough review of the 2014/15 season by the club’s Board of Directors.
The Board believes that the appointment of a new Head Coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.
The Board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.”
Derby fans… What do you make of this decision? Did McClaren deserve the chop? Can Clement lead you back to the big time? Let us know in the comments below.