Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement will take a pay cut of over £250,000 in order to succeed Steve McClaren at Derby County, the Mirror understands.
Former England boss McClaren looks set to leave the iPro after failing to secure a play-off place in the Championship last season, and will likely depart as soon as a compensation package is agreed.
The 54-year-old believes that he is being forced out of the club following Newcastle United’s interest in his services earlier this year, and on Friday refused to resign from his post.
However, it looks more likely than ever that he will not be managing the Rams next season, with Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement set to take the reigns at the Midlands club.
The former Fulham academy coach could be on the verge of a Bernabeu exit, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s future with the Spanish giants in serious doubt.
Should Clement leave Madrid this summer, Derby seems the most likely destination – with the 43-year-old eager to take his first step into management following an impressive coaching career which has spanned almost 20 years, taking him some of the world’s best clubs, including PSG and Chelsea.
According to the Mirror, he will sign a four-year deal with Derby – but be forced to take a pay cut of over £250,000.
Clement currently earns around £1.45 million-per-year, and despite the huge pay cut, he would still become the Football League’s highest paid manager should he agree to the deal.
Derby fans… What do you make of this news? Would you be happy to see Paul Clement take over from Steve McClaren at your club? Let us know in the comments!