Derby have sacked manager Steve McClaren after he failed to guide them into the Premier League at the second time of asking this season.
A club statement confirmed:
The decision follows a thorough review of the 2014/15 season by the club’s Board of Directors.
The Board believes that the appointment of a new Head Coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress and the search is now underway to appoint a successor.
The Board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.
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England under-21 goalkeeper, Jack Butland, is backing Derby County to win promotion to the Premier League.
Butland - who played for the Rams on loan earlier in the season - was speaking on a visit to the National Football Centre near Burton-upon-Trent.
Derby County have signed defender Stephen Warnock from Championship rivals Leeds United.
The 33-year-old England international has signed an 18-month deal with the Rams for an undisclosed fee.
We’re very pleased to welcome Stephen Warnock to Derby County.
He is a solid and experienced defender who certainly strengthens our defensive options for the remaining months of the season.
The next few months are going to be extremely important for us and it is vital to have a strong squad to call upon.
As well as being a very good player he has excellent leadership qualities.
Warnock, who was born in Ormskirk, West Lancarshire, began his playing career at Liverpool, making 67 appearances for the Reds.
He has also spent time on loan at Bradford City, Coventry City and Bolton Wanderers, in addition to spells at Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa.
A ten-man Derby County were beaten at home by Premier League leaders Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.
The Rams were down to ten-men for the closing stages of the game after centre back, Jake Buxton, was given a red card.
The game ended Derby 1 - 3 Chelsea
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Derby County player Jeff Hendrick has posted a video on social media of his manager Steve McClaren getting caught up in the wind.
It shows the manager holding a suit bag and being blown about in the recent windy weather.
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Derby have signed England Under-21 international goalkeeper Jack Butland on a one-month loan deal from Stoke.
Rams head coach Steve McClaren has made a move for Butland following an injury to first-choice keeper Lee Grant, who will be out for between four and six weeks after sustaining an ankle problem during Saturday's 3-0 win at Reading.
The 21-year-old is set to make his debut for Derby in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.
"We're extremely pleased to welcome Jack Butland to Derby County and I would like to extend our thanks to Stoke City for agreeing to let him join us on loan," McClaren told his club's official website.
"Jack is a promising young goalkeeper and after Lee Grant picked up an injury on Saturday, as a management team, we quickly set about identifying someone to come into the group.
"We know a lot about Jack and he is someone who Eric Steele (Derby's goalkeeping coach) rates very highly."
Butland is behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen in the pecking order at Stoke and City boss Mark Hughes has been keen to get him out on loan.
The England Under-21 captain will now get some valuable minutes under his belt in the second tier - as he has done during the last two seasons at Birmingham, Barnsley and more recently Leeds.
Butland joined Stoke from Birmingham in January 2013 for a fee of just over £3 million. He has started three Premier League matches for the Potters.