Rating Steve McClaren: How he compares to Derby's former managers

Derby County manager Steve McClaren is facing a real challenge over the rest of the season.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren will be under heavy pressure when the international break ends and the domestic action returns this weekend.

The Rams are chasing promotion into the Premier League and some big questions will be asked of the current manager if the side fail to take advantage of being near the top throughout the season so far.

Here’s how McClaren compares to some of Derby’s former managers with Darren Wassall, David Lowe and Chris Hutchings overlooked due to their very short periods as boss of the first team.

Steve McClaren - 6

No trophies and defeat in the play-off final last season, but he has a decent win rate of 60% from games played so far.

McClaren has also shown that he’s got a good grip on the transfer market, with some impressive loan deals in the recent past for the likes of Darren Bent, Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard.

The challenge for McClaren over the rest of the season is to help the team towards second place where they would avoid the lottery of the play-offs.

Nigel Clough – 6

Clough’s win rate as Derby boss is substantially lower than McClaren’s at 32.9%.

The Rams lost more games than they singularly won or drew while Clough was in charge and generally the team struggled to move forward while he was in charge of the club.

He was in charge for the highest number of games since Jim Smith was the manager of the club.

Paul Jewell – 5

Derby made it all the way to the League Cup semi-finals in the 2008/2009 season when Jewell was in charge of the team.

However, what worked against him was that his winning percentage was terrible at 22.41%.

He really struggled to galvanise the side in the league and couldn’t get them playing in an effective way over a long period of league games.

Billy Davies – 6

Derby went up under Davies when they won the Championship play-offs at the end of the 2006/2007 season.

That was his biggest achievement, with the Rams infamously struggling to cope in the Premier League after they had been promoted.

His win rate wasn’t bad at just under 45% and in terms of the club’s time in the Championship while he was in charge, things were predominantly positive.

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