Date: 16th March 2017 at 7:58pm
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Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s clash with Nottingham Forest, Derby County manager Gary Rowett revealed he is expecting a “natural lift” within his squad, following his appointment, reports the club’s official Twitter account.

Rowett replaced Steve McClaren at the Pride Park Stadium earlier this week, and is tasked with the development of Derby, who have suffered a disappointing campaign.

Derby’s new manager will face a baptism of fire this weekend, when his side face Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands Derby.

Rowett is expecting the managerial change to have an impact on his squad, commenting that the general mood at the club had been good since his arrival, he said: “The mood around the place has been great. Usually, in my experience, players respond and there’s a natural lift with a new manager.”

Derby currently sit tenth in the Sky Bet Championship, and have recorded just one victory in their last ten fixtures across all competitions, a run of form which ultimately cost McClaren his job with the Rams.

Rowett will be hopeful his side can keep alive their slim Play-Off hopes this weekend against Forest, by narrowing the ten-point gap to sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday.

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