McClaren back for a sec­ond stint at the Derby County

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Former Eng­land man­ager Steve McClaren is re­turn­ing to Derby County for a sec­ond spell in charge just 17 months af­ter they sacked him.

The Cham­pi­onship club said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day that the 55-year-old, whose pre­vi­ous man­age­rial stint at the Rams was be­tween Septem­ber 2013 and May 2015, had signed a con­tract to the end of the 2017/18 sea­son.

Care­taker man­ager Chris Pow­ell will stay on as as­sis­tant, along with other back­room staff.

Derby, cur­rently 20th in the 24team sec­ond tier, parted com­pany with Nigel Pear­son last week­end af­ter the former Le­ices­ter City man­ager had been in the job for four months.

Club pres­i­dent Sam Rush said McCLaren had helped trans­form Derby last time around and had al­ways been a prime can­di­date as “the ar­chi­tect of our style of football”.

McClaren, who was Eng­land man­ager for 16 months from 2006-07 and left Derby un­der a cloud af­ter be­ing con­stantly linked with the man­ager’s job at New­cas­tle United, said he was look­ing for­ward to the task ahead.

“I re­gret how my time at Derby ended back in 2015 and I am very mo­ti­vated to put things right for the club and our sup­port­ers,” said the man­ager, who joined New­cas­tle af­ter leav­ing Derby but was then sacked by them last March.

“My ul­ti­mate as­pi­ra­tion re­mains ex­actly what it was be­fore, to take Derby County back to the Pre­mier League.”

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Derby County club pres­i­dent Sam Rush and former Eng­land man­ager Steve McClaren.

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