Three reasons why Paul Clement would be better off at Derby than Sunderland

Sunderland and Derby County are both hoping that Paul Clement will become their manager next season, according to reports.

With Paul Clement being lined up by both Sunderland and Derby County, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo, we take a look at three reasons why he would be better off joining the Rams, rather than moving to Wearside.


Clement would be undertaking his first managerial job and to take on the task of managing Sunderland at this early stage of his career would be a risk.

Although the Black Cats can offer Premier League football to the Real Madrid assistant at this moment in time, the chances are that he would have a better long-term future at Derby.

With the Rams he could ease his way into managerial life, away from the spotlight of the Premier League, and that could be a benefit to someone lacking in experience.

The foundations

Derby have established a clear footballing identity under Steve McClaren and Clement would only need to build on these foundations if he moved to the iPro Stadium. 

McClaren has got the side playing attractive football, which encourages players to take risks in possession, and Clement could refine this style and add his own tweaks to be successful.

At Sunderland, however, Clement would be required to completely transform the team's tactics and devise a tactical strategy to build for the future.

The Black Cats have no clear way of playing, with Gus Poyet's and Dick Advocaat's styles being very different, and that would make his job particularly tough.

The current squad

Whoever steps in at Sunderland is going to have to make a lot of changes. The Black Cats have an ageing team and it will need a complete overhaul this summer if they are to move forward.

At Derby, though, there is the core of a squad clearly capable of delivering promotion, if they don't do so this season.

It means that Clement's first summer at Derby could be spent analysing what he already has, rather than looking for new talent, and that makes the iPro look a very appealing place for Clement to start his managerial career. 

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