McClaren explains where he and key officials agree at Derby

Derby County manager Steve McClaren is in determined mood looking ahead to next season.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has told the Derby Telegraph that his preparations have already started ahead of next season.

The Rams missed out narrowly on a place in the top six of the Championship, but the former England manager says he’s got the energy to make sure the club hit the ground running next year, after speaking with key figures at the club.

“There is still a lot of work to do here and despite the doom and gloom of the last few days, I still have the energy and the vitality to go again,” said McClaren.

“Talking to Sam Rush (chief executive) and Mel Morris (director), they are very ambitious for this football club and I think that is also key.”

Despite the club narrowly missing out on promotion into the Premier League over the last two seasons, the Rams remain in a good position.

The club is well run and has a very strong infrastructure, which means they are well suited to pushing for a move into the top flight of English football.

It’s vital that McClaren is backed with the right resources to improve the squad and to develop the side positively over the summer.

The Rams had several key players on loan last season who will need to be replaced if deals can’t be agreed for them to stay such as Darren Bent and Tom Ince.

McClaren and the rest of the squad need to learn the lessons of the past season and if they get the changes right, the Rams could dominate the Championship next year.

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