As the recent sidekick of one of the modern era’s greatest managers, Paul Clement transitioned from Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant to first-time manager with heightened expectations placed on his shoulders.
It’s unclear whether Derby County, who gave the 43-year-old Londoner his first gig, were banking on Clement turning into a Championship-version of Carlo, but they’ve decided they aren’t willing to wait around and find out any longer.
The Rams sacked Clement in a statement that suggested the one-time Real Madrid deputy played dire football, bought poorly and failed to develop the young players at the squad.
With Derby sat in the play-off places, five points off automatic promotion, the move perplexed the opinionated world of Twitter. Here’s the best of the reaction:
Former Ram and current talking head Robbie Savage seemed embarrassed by the dismissal
what’s going on at Derby?!
— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) February 8, 2016
Although he seemingly wasn’t as shocked by the news as Stewie Griffin
Paul Clement sacked by Derby County https://t.co/WBDwJqXNwF
— Mubarak (@mubs7) February 8, 2016
John Brewin painted a bleak picture for British coaching upstarts
Paul Clement sacked. These are not good days for young British coaches of repute. Help us Eddie Howe, you’re the only hope.
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) February 8, 2016
It’s fair to say not everyone on the net was left flabbergasted though
Not surprised with #DCFC sacking Paul Clement.
The amount of money the spent they should be top 2 at least.
— Craig (@craigoates87) February 8, 2016
The Championship is proving to be a managerial graveyard this season
Neil Redfearn and Paul Clement departures make it 13 managerial changes in Championship this season (not counting temporary bosses)
— Jamie Hill (@jamiephill) February 8, 2016
A Twitter poll ran by Sky Sports’ Simon Thomas made it clear how most Rams felt
— Simon Thomas (@SimonThomasSky) February 9, 2016
Clement had gone seven league games without a win, but appeared to believe his job was safe
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 8, 2016
Luckily for the ousted head coach, his former boss may have a use for him further down the line
Paul Clement sacked today no doubt will be back with his friend Ancelotti at Bayern next season.
— Adam Virgo (@Adamvirgs19) February 8, 2016
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