Deja Vu For Steve McClaren Who Is Again Sacked By Derby Countyby Jack Kitson / 12 March 2017, 20:54Tweet
Derby County have sacked manager Steve McClaren for the second time in less than two years as the 55-year-old becomes the second Championship gaffer to lose his job in the space of three days (Alex Neil left Norwich on Friday).
McClaren, who previously managed Derby between 2013 and 2015, returned to Pride Park back in October, following the departure of Nigel Pearson.
McClaren enjoyed a superb start back in the Derby dugout, leading the previously struggling side to nine Championship wins from his opening dozen games - suffering only one defeat - which propelled the Midlands outfit up to 7th, to within one point off the play-offs, come the end of 2016.
However, results in 2017 have been very poor. The Rams have registered only three wins from 13 league games this year - winning only one of the last nine - and Friday's comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Brighton left the club 10th in the table, and now 10 points adrift of the top-6 with nine matches of the season remaining.
Derby chairman Mel Morris, who penned a rather scathing statement (see below), believes that the time is right to make a change as he bids to appoint a sixth manager in less than two years.
Former Birmingham boss Gary Rowett, as has been the case for a number of jobs in recent months, has emerged as the odds-on favourite to replace McClaren at the helm. Meanwhile, other early contenders include ex Crystal Palace gaffer Alan Pardew, Roy Hodgson, Mark Warburton and Alex Neil.
Who should replace Steve McClaren at Derby County? (comment for other).— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) 12 March 2017
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