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Harry Redknapp: Derby County can make automatic promotion

Harry Redknapp at today's conference Credit: ITV News Central

Newly appointed Derby County advisor Harry Redknapp says the side deserve promotion and can make automatic promotion in the next nine games.

Speaking at a press conference today, he confirmed that he isn't joining the club to manage it, but to advise Head Coach Darren Wassall.

Redknapp will combine his role with his new appointment as manager of the Jordan national team for their next two games.

He'll take charge of Jordan's World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Australia later this month.


Rednapp in talks with Derby over advisory role until end of season

Harry Rednapp Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp is in talks with Derby over an advisory role until the end of the season, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.

The former West Ham and Tottenham manager would move to the iPro Stadium to aid rookie boss Darren Wassall. Head coach Wassall last month replaced the sacked Paul Clement for the rest of the campaign, and has lost three of his seven league games in charge.

Derby County can confirm that discussions have been held with Harry Redknapp regarding the possibility of working in an advisory role until the end of the season. This would potentially provide support to Darren Wassall and the rest of the coaching team.

– Derby County Statement

Derby are fifth in the Championship but blew a 3-0 lead in the last seven minutes at Rotherham on Saturday to draw 3-3.

Redknapp's last role in club management was at QPR. He left Loftus Road in February 2015 citing his need to have knee replacement surgery. He won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008 and guided Tottenham into the Champions League for the first time in 2010.

Darren Wassall to take training at Derby County tomorrow morning

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It's been confirmed that Darren Wassall will take charge at Derby County until the end of the 2015/16.

He starts his new role tomorrow morning when he will take training.

We are in the fortunate position to have somebody as capable as Darren at our football club and he will be leading the coaching staff with immediate effect.

Our focus is to get the team back on track, delivering the style of football and performance we know they are capable of. I know our fans will give Darren, the coaching staff and the team their full support.

– Chief Executive, Sam Rush


Paul Clement to leave Derby County 'with immediate effect'

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Clement joined the club in June last year, but has now been "relieved of his duties" according to a club statement.

He will be replaced by Academy Director and former Rams defender Darren Wassall until the end of the season.

We are grateful for the contribution Paul has made to the football club but the time is right to make a change.

When Paul joined us last year we worked with him to develop a plan for the club which we asked him to embrace...The priorities were building on the Derby way and style of football enjoyed in the past two seasons; adding depth and strength to our playing squad; and, developing and improving player and team performance.

Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we have decided to part company with Paul.

I firmly believe that we have one of the very best first team squads in this league. Our players are highly talented professionals who are more than capable of winning games at this level and beyond.

I want to record our thanks to Paul for his efforts in leading the team through the first 30 games of this season and in achieving a top six position at this point. We wish him every success in his future career.

– Chairman Mel Morris

Des Walker joins Derby County's Academy staff

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Derby County have announced the appointment of Des Walker to the club’s Academy staff.

Formerly of Nottingham Forest, he has joined as the Academy’s defensive coach and Craig Short, who is 47 and a former Derby player, will provide additional coaching support to the Under 21 squad.

Des is someone that has plenty to offer from a defensive point of view across the Academy and Craig, meanwhile, has worked with us previously so we’re well aware of his skills and he is a welcome addition to the Under 21 coaching staff.

– Darren Wassall, Academy director

Des Walker

  • Capped 59 times for England
  • Made just under 800 career appearances between 1983 and 2005.
  • Had two spells at in the East Midlands at Nottingham Forest, as well as playing for Sampdoria in Italy and also Sheffield Wednesday.
  • On the international stage, he was part of the England squad that reached the Semi-Finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy under Sir Bobby Robson.
  • Earlier this year, his 17-year-old son Lewis Walker, who is a striker, joined Derby from Ilkeston FC and has featured for the Under 18s in recent weeks.

Craig Short

  • Played 143 games for Derby following a £2.65m transfer from Notts County in September 1992.
  • Managed Hungarian side Ferencvaros in 2009/10 as well as Notts County at the start of the 2010/11 season in League One.
  • Joined Derby as Head of Recruitment in the Academy between September 2011 and June 2013.

Derby County host Manchester United in FA Cup

It's a huge night for Derby County as they host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

They last met in the same competition almost seven years ago when Cristiano Ronaldo helped United to a 4-1 victory.

Derby were the first team to win the FA Cup after the end of the Second World War, and a win tonight will take them a step closer to reliving the celebrations of 70 years ago.

James Clark reports.

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