Derby County announce shock return of Steve McClaren

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 October 2016, 16:08

Derby County have announced the shock return of Steve McClaren as their new head coach, with the 55-year-old surprisingly becoming the club’s fifth manager in the last 15 months.

Earlier today (Wednesday) reports erupted out of no where linking McClaren with a remarkable return to the club he only left 17 months ago…and now after a whirlwind few hours the former England boss is now back in the iPro Stadium dugout.

McClaren, who had been out-of-work since losing his job at Newcastle back in March (a job he was in for less than a year), but now finds himself back in the Championship as Nigel Pearson’s successor at Derby.

Pearson’s departure was confirmed on Saturday, a week-and-a-half after he was suspended, pending an investigation, prior to Derby’s match with Cardiff late last month.

Many believed that Derby's caretaker boss Chris Powell, who had registered four points from two games in temporary charge, would subsequently bag the job, however he will in fact go back to his role as an assistant.

McClaren managed Derby for 20 months between 2013 and 2015, winning 52 of his 95 matches in charge, before leaving under a dark cloud in May 2015.

McClaren was frequently linked with a move to Newcastle during the latter stages of his tenure at Derby, something which seemed to have a negative effect on the club’s players who endured a poor end to the season, dropping out of the Championship play-offs down into 8th.

Then, just 16 days later, McClaren was confirmed as the new manager of Newcastle, something which left a bitter taste in the mouth of many Derby fans.

McClaren, who inherits a side down in 20th, will be presented to the media on Friday, while his first match in charge is a spicy clash at home to Leeds on Saturday.

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