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Derby County part company with manager Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren is out at Derby County Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Derby County has announced the club has parted company with manager Steve McClaren.

He goes along with Assistant Manager Chris Powell and Technical Director Chris Evans.

It follows a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Friday evening.

They've praised McClaren for getting them to sixth place in the table at the end of 2016 but say,

"Since the turn of the year we have experienced a significant, unexpected and persistent decline in results, team unity and morale. Our form over the last 10 games would place us above the relegation group by goal difference alone".

– Derby County spokesperson

Chairman Mel Morris says,

“Steve is a great coach, we have very talented players and first class facilities but the heartbeat, commitment, focus and passion has been lacking something fundamental.

The Brighton game on Friday night was so far from what we expect to see from those wearing a Derby County shirt.

To ensure we are on the right path, it is important to put the building blocks in place so we can develop a team we can all be proud of. Players should wear the shirt with pride and share, espouse and exude the qualities and values we believe are important to the club, its supporters and the community.

We need a manager who shares our values and who is prepared to develop the team, staff and processes that will set us on course for a sustainable place in the Premier League. We are less concerned about timescales than we are about getting things right. Of course we would like to achieve this sooner rather than later.

That manager will of course be given the full support and backing of myself, the board, our executive team and staff to shape and develop the team around those who truly and demonstrably want to be part of Derby County.”

The side has thanked the trio and wished them luck in the future.