Former England boss Steve McClaren has been named Derby County's new Head Coach
Steve McClaren has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Derby County.
The former England boss replaces Nigel Clough who was sacked on Saturday
following the Rams’ 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
McClaren will be joined at Pride Park by Paul Simpson (First Team Coach) and Eric Steele (Goalkeeping Coach).
The 52-year-old has signed a two-and-half-year deal at Derby and will officially take up his new role on Wednesday after leaving his position on the coaching staff at QPR.
McClaren played for the Rams between 1985 and 1988 and won the Second Division title. He was also Jim Smith’s assistant during their promotion campaign to the Premier League in the 1995-96.
He was then Sir Alex Ferguson's no.2 as Manchester United claimed an unprecedented treble in 1999.
He has managed Middlesbrough, FC Twente, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest as well as having a 15-month spell in charge of the Three Lions.
Speaking on his appointment, McClaren said: "I'm delighted to have this opportunity, it's a club that I know well and have always followed from my spell as a player and as an assistant to Jim Smith.
"We all remember the days in the Premier League, with full houses at Pride Park against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
"I'm excited at the opportunity to do that with good staff, good players and good fans.
"I've had my experiences with England amd abroad, some good, some bad.
"I've made mistakes in the past and I've learned from them but I have a great opportunity to come here to Derby now."
Derby President and Chief Executive Sam Rush said: “When we announced the departure of Nigel Clough it was stated that we were conducting a comprehensive review of the football structure, and we believe this is a major step forward in that regard.
“Our goal is to have Derby County competing for a play-off place and beyond, and we feel with Steve and his team at the helm we have a great opportunity to do so.
“Steve is a highly qualified coach with all the skill-sets required to be a success here at Pride Park.
“It is also important that Steve, Paul and Eric know what it means to play for Derby County and they have been at the club during the good times.
“Steve was a driving force behind the club’s promotion under Jim Smith in the 1990s and you only have to look at his CV to discover what a hugely talented coach he is.”