Championship side Derby appoint Real Madrid Assistant manager Paul Clement as new boss
Derby County have appointed the appointment of Paul Clement as their new Head Coach.
Clement, 43, has signed a three-year contract at the iPro Stadium after leaving his role as assistant manager at Spanish giants Real Madrid to join the Rams.
After serving Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti, he was described by the Italian boss as ‘one of the most dynamic and intelligent coaches’ that he had worked with.
Clement replaces Steve McClaren as Derby’s Head Coach, who parted company with the club last month following a thorough review by the club’s board of the 2014/15 season, which ended with the Rams missing out on a place in the Sky Bet Championship’s Play-Off places.
Derby have made the decision to maintain the structure implemented on the football side of the club since September 2013 by appointing Clement as their Head Coach.
He will take charge with immediate effect and will meet Derby’s squad for the first time when they report back for pre-season training in June to begin their preparations for the 2015/16 season.
Derby County’s President & Chief Executive Sam Rush commented: “Paul Clement is one of the most in-demand coaches in world football and I am delighted that he has agreed to join Derby County as our new Head Coach."
“He is hugely respected, has exceptional relationships throughout football and tremendous coaching experience at some of the very best clubs in Europe."
“He is the perfect appointment at the next stage of Derby County’s development and we are looking forward to the coming season with a great deal of optimism.”
Upon joining Derby, Clement said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Derby County as Head Coach and I am looking forward to meeting the players and getting started."
“This is a massive club with fantastic facilities and a superb fan base who deserve success."
“Having spoken with Sam Rush and the owners I firmly believe we share the same desires and ambitions and that is to once again make Derby County a Premier League club.”