Earlier today, Derby County announced the appointment of Steve McClaren as head coach. It has divided opinion among supporters.
At the weekend I voiced my disappointment of Nigel Clough’s dismissal. Although I remain disappointed by the sacking and that Clough won’t have the chance to finish off the years of rebuilding, I’m quite happy about his successor.
Please look beyond the ‘wolly with the brolly’. The fact that he was appointed as England boss does in itself speak volumes. The work he did with Middlesbrough mustn’t be discounted and his success in the Dutch league with FC Twente but, yes, he has failed as England, Wolfsburg and Forest (if you can’t it as he did resign himself) boss.
I don’t think anyone cannot agree with the staff that have followed him into the club.
Paul Simpson is regarded as a good former player at the club. Eric Steele coming in as the club’s goalkeeping coach is very wise. He has a wealth of experience under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson and working alongside some of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers in recent years. According to a piece in the Metro, Manchester United and David De Gea owe him a ‘debt of gratitude’.
McClaren’s time under Jim Smith at Derby and spell as a player will hopefully be beneficial. More significantly he worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United during a successful spell for the club. He doesn’t hire any old fool.
More recently, he has worked as a coach at QPR for Harry Redknapp. Nothing but praise has come of that.
Gutted Steve McClaren has left for Derby. Top coach. Big loss for us. Wish him all the best at a great football club.
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 30, 2013
The common denominator in praise for McClaren is that he is an excellent coach. The decision to call him ‘head coach’ instead of manager suggests he’ll bring a more hands-on approach to the role with plenty of training ground work.
Sam Rush is also looking to fill the void of ‘technical director’. McClaren’s relationship with the new technical director will be key, many managers would understandably be reluctant to have another man alongside them – maybe that was the case with Nigel Clough. If this director does come in, it could present more time for McClaren to centre his time around coaching, where he is clearly most effective.
If you think back to Clough’s appointment in 2009, Nigel didn’t have any Football League experience – the new man has the opposite amount of experience. That is pivotal this time around. Again, if the former England boss succeeds, don’t forget the foundations laid by Clough.
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It was, as I mentioned at the weekend, a real shame to see Nigel leave but it’s now time to get behind the team – starting tonight!
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