Odds slashed by more than half on Real Madrid coach Paul Clement becoming Derby County manager

Real Madrid coach Paul Clement has had his odds cut from 15/1 to 6/1 on becoming the next Derby County manager.

Real Madrid coach Paul Clement has jumped up to third favourite with BetVictor to become the next Derby County manager, behind only Brentford and Burnley bosses Mark Warburton and Sean Dyche - who are joint-favourites for the post, should it become available.

The Madrid coach, who was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail that he wants to become a manager, was 15/1 to become the next Derby boss on Friday, but has swiftly seen his odds cut by more than half to 6/1 - making him third favourite for the post if current manager Steve McClaren were to move on.

Current Rams number two Paul Simpson is fourth favourite at 8/1 and Gus Poyet, Harry Redknapp and Alex McLeish all come in joint-fifth at 10/1.

Would Paul Clement be a good choice for the Rams?

Although rumours over McClaren leaving his job in the East Midlands for Newcastle United in the summer - per the Daily Star - have not been confirmed, BetVictor have cut their odds on the former England manager moving to the North East to 1/10 - currently the shortest odds on any footballing special offered on the website.

If that were to happen, promotion or not, the Rams could find few better candidates than Clement as he looks to take up his first job in management after serving as Carlo Ancelotti's right-hand man since 2012 - first with Paris Saint-Germain and then Real Madrid.

The 43-year-old, like McClaren, is primarily a coach and will look to implement his ideas by getting his boots on and joining his players on the training field - a style that has proved successful for the Rams since McClaren joined in September 2013.

Connections to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have helped the Rams boss to bring in the likes of Andre Wisdom, Patrick Bamford, Jordon Ibe, Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard on loan during his tenure with the Championship club, and Clement is likely to have a similar pull.

If Sam Rush - Derby's chief of operations - doesn't want to rock the boat too much and change the structure of the management, then Clement could prove to be the best option should McClaren depart the club once the current campaign is over.

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