Derby County’s chief of operations, Sam Rush, told RamsPlayer that work is going on behind the scenes to sign new players and could conclude a number of deals soon after a new head coach is announced.
According to the BBC, Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement is set to be announced as the new Derby head coach this week. However, Rush decided to play his cards close to his chest regarding any managerial announcement.
On whether the sacking of Steve McClaren could disrupt movement in the transfer window, Rush said: ‘’No, that’s not the case. The recruitment is a 12 month a year working progress and so our targets are identified all at different times.
‘’It’s clearly important we get a top quality head coach in and that’s what we will strive to do. As long as we do that, our players will come through and we’ve identified a number of recruits and I would expect them to start coming through the door pretty soon as well.’’
The East Midlands side have been vocal in their interest in loanees Tom Ince and Darren Bent, as reported by the BBC, but the change in head coach is likely to throw a spanner in the works.
If the Rams can bring back their influential loan duo on a permanent basis for next season then it stands to reason more would follow due to the strength of their ambition.
Once again named as one of the favourites with Sky Bet for promotion, it will be an interesting summer for Derby and if they can bring in the right head coach and players, it would not be a surprise to see them put the last two seasons to bed by finally winning promotion to the Premier League.