Remembering re-appointed Derby boss’ dramatic first tenure



Derby to be promoted this season

Steve McClaren is back in football management and is back at Derby County after being appointed the Rams’ new boss on a deal until 2018.

The former England head honcho replaces Nigel Pearson, who was sacked after just 12 games in charge, and sees him return to the Championship side just 15 months after he himself was let go .

During his unveiling, McClaren declared it was a desire to “finish what we started” that led him to make a third return to Pride Park, having also served as Jim Smith’s assistant between 1995 and 1999.

But what was it that the Eredivisie-winning manager started exactly? Here we take a look back at the 55-year-old’s first stint in charge:

McClaren’s first game in charge of the Rams came after 10 matches of the 2013/14 campaign, when Nigel Clough was sacked with the club sat in 14th place.

He began with a 3-1 win over Ipswich and would lose just one of his first 13 outings as he catapulted the club into second.

A dip in form saw Derby finish just outside the automatic promotion spots. It was a slide they would come to regret following a last-minute Bobby Zamora winner for Queens Park Rangers in the play-off final.

Although his introduction had a largely positive effect on the club, it will be Derby’s epic collapse in McClaren’s next season that will be remembered most during his tenure.

Sat at the top of the tree with 13 games to go, the Rams won just twice in a dicey end to the season that saw them fall to eighth in the table and miss the play-offs entirely. Soon after, McClaren was sacked.

A little over a year later, the former Newcastle boss is back in the dugout, taking over a club that are two points above the relegation zone and are 8/1 shots to be promoted this term.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.