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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 .

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