Real Madrid coach Paul Clement is a contender for the Derby County job should Steve McClaren leave for Newcastle United in the summer, reports the Daily Mail.
McClaren has played down the speculation he is on his way to St James’ Park once the season ends but he remains the bookies’ favourite to replace caretaker manager John Carver.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is another name that has been touted as a possible replacement for McClaren at the iPro Stadium.
42-year-old Clement has earned a reputation of one of European football’s top coaches and has mainly worked under Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris St Germain and currently at Madrid.
Son of former Queens Park Rangers defender and England international Dave Clement and brother of former West Bromwich Albion player Neil Clement, Paul never played football professionally.
He began coaching at the age of 23, combing work as a PE teacher and a role at Chelsea’s centre of excellence before landing a full-time role at Fulham in 2000.
After a brief stint coaching the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s, Clement returned to Chelsea as a coach in 2007 and had a brief spell as Steve Kean’s assistant at Blackburn Rovers before returning to work with Ancelotti at PSG and Madrid.