CRITICAL CLEMENT HITS OUT
DERBY COUNTY head coach Paul Clement has criticised the general style of play in the Championship, saying there is a lack of focus on creativity.
Clement, who joined the Rams in the summer after coaching at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, has implemented an attractive passing style of play at Pride Park.
But he has been left far from impressed by Derby’s league rivals and the way they choose to play the game.
Speaking to The Times ahead of the Rams’ 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, Clement said: “We are trying to go up playing decent football.
“That’s one of the things that’s disappointed me in the Championship. There’s a heavy reliance on very direct, very aggressive football, very high tempo and less on teams that try and play more creatively.
“It’s because of pressures on getting up to the next league, even more so now with all the TV money that is available.”
Despite sitting fifth in the Championship, the Rams have lost three of their last four league games – their last win coming on Boxing Day against Fulham – with certain sections of the Derby support questioning some of Clement’s decisions.
“The people I’ve met when I’m out have been very respectful, been very complimentary about the work we’re doing,” he added.
“Unfortunately there’s some other stuff as well, the impatience, the expectation.We are trying to build the squad so when we do go up, we’ve got half a chance of staying there.”