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Mourinho: McClaren can make Derby a stable Premier League side

Former England boss McClaren is capable of re-establishing Derby in the Premier League, according to Jose Mourinho, who is sending a first-choice Chelsea team to the newly-named iPro Stadium to tackle the Rams in their FA Cup Third Round tie.

He knows the football that can take him not just to the Premier League, but also to play with a certain stability if, or when, they reach the Premier League.

A team that will play the best they can, without any kind of pressure.

Do we lose? Do we win? Who knows? At least the message is we respect them and we go there with the best possible team.

The next game after Derby is Hull at the weekend. We can play against Derby and have a day off on Monday.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.


Derby tie-up permanent deal for Dawkins

Dawkins has impressed on loan at Derby. Credit: PA

Derby have signed Tottenham midfielder Simon Dawkins on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell at the Championship club.

Dawkins joins Steve McClaren's men for an undisclosed fee, believed to be worth in the region of £500,000, on a two-and-a-half year contract.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Rams from Spurs on a three-month deal in October and has scored three goals in his 13 appearances.

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Family affair

Family pride as well as three points will be at stake when Wigan meet Derby in the Championship on Sunday.

Twins Will and Michael Keane left Manchester United on loan this week, with Will heading to Wigan and Michael to Derby, and by a quirk of fate their debuts could well be against each other.

It's a bit of a family affair this weekend. I can't believe I'll be up against my brother, Will, if I play on Sunday.

I had been hearing rumours about Derby's interest for a while. In the end, the move happened last minute and I am just happy it went through.

Hopefully I can improve the squad and help Derby this season. This is a massive club and it is a great opportunity for me.

– Derby defender Michael Keane


Sheffield United set to appoint Clough

Clough was unlucky to lose his job at Derby. Credit: PA

Sheffield United are expected to confirm the appointment of Nigel Clough as their new manager at a press conference at Bramall Lane on Wednesday afternoon

The Blades sacked David Weir 12 days ago following a run of just one win in 13 matches and Clough is poised to become the club's eighth permanent manager in the last six-and-a-half years.

Clough, 47 is understood to have agreed a severance package with Derby, who sacked him at the end of last month after nearly four years at Pride Park.

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