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Report: Nigel Clough 'thanks Derby County supporters'

Former Derby County coach Nigel Clough has thanked the club's supporters for their backing during his time as the team's manager, the Derby Telegraph has reported.

Following a 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, Clough as sacked from the club on Saturday, after four years and nine months in the job.

According to the newspaper, Clough said:

I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the fans for all their support since January 2009.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the staff and players at the Moor Farm training ground.

We wish them all every success in the future.


McClaren to be officially unveiled as Derby's head coach

Steve McClaren to be officially unveiled as Derby's new head coach today Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Former Nottingham Forest and England boss Steve McClaren will be officially unveiled as Derby's new head coach this morning.

He takes over after Nigel Clough was sacked at the weekend - tonight Derby face Ipswich at Pride Park.

Steve McClaren appointed as Derby County head coach

Steve McClaren has been appointed as the new head coach at Derby County.

It comes after Nigel Clough was sacked following County's 1-0 defeat to East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.

Steve McClaren - the new Derby County head coach Credit: Jochen LÃŒbke/DPA/Press Association Images

McClaren was assistant to Jim Smith at Derby before moving to Manchester United in 1999. He then had management roles at Middlesbrough, FC Twente and Wolfsburg, with an unsuccessful stint as England manager between 2006 and 2007.

Nigel Clough sacking: Derby County statement

After much consideration, the board feel it is time to move Derby County forward to the next level, which will necessitate a comprehensive review of the club’s football operations.

The ownership group remain steadfastly committed to the club and maintain their desire to compete at the top end of the SkyBet Championship this season.

The search is well underway to identifying and appointing a successor, and further announcements will be made in due course.

– Derby County statement