Ever since Derby County announced the sacking of Nigel Clough, there was a clear indication that both a manager and director of football would be appointed to fill the void.
Steve McClaren was appointed in the manager’s role days later and talked openly about working with a potential director of football.
‘’My remit was to come in and be in charge of football matters and build a football club and I am in the process of that.
‘’I cannot do it on my own and we need help.
‘’Myself and (chief executive) Sam Rush have sat down and talked about getting together a good recruitment department’’
The initial front-runners for the candidacy were Everton’s head of performance John Muragh, former Blackburn Rovers sporting director Luke Dowling and Huddersfield Town’s head of football operations, Ross Wilson.
As soon as Iain Moody’s bizarre sacking at Cardiff came to light he was straight away pushed to front runner for the role at Derby.
The very highly-respected head of recruitment at Cardiff has been called one of, if not the best in the country. In the light of his sacking at Cardiff, he received a glowing reference from both Cardiff City’s manager Malky Mackay who called him a ‘class act’ and Craig Bellamy who was openly stunned by the decision and reiterated that point profusely
‘’Iain is a huge loss for us, a huge, huge loss because he is outstanding at what he does.
Any Club with Iain Moody is a miles better club, without a shadow of a doubt’’
After reportedly impressing in an interview last week, the Derby chief executive has announced he hopes to have something official by the end of this week.
Derby Fans will be delighted with the appointment of such a highly-regarded figure and Derby can now focus on moving forward in the future, expectations are currently high for McClaren and his staff to produce the goods and return Derby to the Premier League and Iain Moody will be major part of that, no doubt.
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