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Derby County sack manager Steve McClaren

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.

– Derby County statement


Derby sign Warnock from Championship rivals Leeds

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.

– Steve McClaren, Derby County head coach

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.

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