Deja Vu For Steve McClaren Who Is Again Sacked By Derby County

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 March 2017, 20:54

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).

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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.


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