DARREN WASSALL FACTFILE
Born: Birmingham, 1968 (Age 47). Career: A full-back or centre-half, Wassall joined Forest as a teenager, making his debut, aged 18, in 1986 and spending time on loan at Hereford and Bury. Over the next six years, he made 45 appearances for the Reds and played in two finals – a 3-2 victory over Southampton in the Full Members Cup and a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in the League Cup. With Forest refusing to budge on wages of £250-a-week, Wassall joined Derby for £600,000 in 1992 and eventually played 122 times for the Rams, winning promotion to the Premier League in 1995-96. Subsequently loaned to Man City and then Birmingham, he joined the Blues on a permanent deal in 1997 and played 17 times before a snapped achilles brought his professional career to an end. Wassall then spent five years at Burton Albion, where he won promotion to the Conference in 2002. He retired in 2005 to become a youth coach at Burton. He spent four years in this role before becoming academy manager at Derby County in 2009. Having briefly taken caretaker charge when Clough was sacked in 2013, Wassall was appointed head coach until the end of the season after the dismissal of Paul Clement this month .