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Opinion: Who should Derby County appoint as their new manager?

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After the recent sacking of Paul Clement, Derby County will be in search of somebody to bring them the success they have recently sought after, and have ultimately failed to grasp.

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They have Darren Wassall in charge for the rest of the season, however a long term manager will be needed for the next campaign if they hope to make it to the Premier League, as many now believe that they will fail to get promotion yet again this season after letting Clement go.

Derby and their manager Steve McClaren left Wembley Stadium disappointed after the Play-off final of the 2013/14 season, when they lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers, following a famous 90 minute winner from Bobby Zamora.

Last season, Derby fought and struggled in an attempt to gain automatic promotion and at certain points in the season they looked likely to achieve this goal.

A play-off place was the least expected from them with a few games to go as they had battled so strenuously throughout the season, under huge amounts of pressure they plundered and finished in eighth place.

This surprising turn in events resulted in the club departing with McClaren who then went on to become manager of Newcastle United.

On the 1st June 2015, ex-Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement was appointed as manager.

In 33 games he managed to win 14, he drew 12 games and only lost a total of seven.

He had a win rate percentage, during his time as manager, of 42.4%.

Considering this was his first taste of management the fans believed that he had done well, however it appears the board of directors and executives of Derby disagreed, because on the 8th February 2016 he was relieved of his duties.

The club’s chairman Mel Morris was quoted as saying that he believed that Clement’s aims were not best for the club and were against what they had agreed saying that “promotion this season was not the primary target”.

Many fans of the club will be frustrated to hear these statements by influential figures within the club, keeping in mind their recent history.

However, it seems that the staff at Derby County want to address other areas before tackling the challenge of staying in England’s most prestigious league, by “adding depth and strength to our playing squad”.

A great option for Derby to look at for next season would be ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood who recently kept Villa in the Premier League, and reached the FA Cup Final with a club who are struggling.

He is known to be excellent at working with young talent and developing players from an early age.

If he came to Derby he could surely work wonders with players such as Will Hughes and Thomas Ince who already appear to have great talent.

The club may instead look at Nigel Pearson, who in the season of 2011/12 took the reigns of Leicester City, a team that were struggling and were 12th place in the Championship.

Only three years later, Leicester had won the Championship and were heading to the Premier League, he would secure himself as a great figure in Derby’s history if he could replicate this at the iPro Stadium.

What do you think Derby fans? Is this what you want from your club before aiming for promotion? Should Clement have been sacked? Who do you think should take over your club next season to carry forward the “Derby way and style of football”? Let us know your thoughts below!

16 years old, Middlesbrough FC supporter, From Redcar, North East of England, Massive football fan and ambitious journalist, Please feel free to send me any constructive criticism or support. Twitter: CRHawes43

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