Although the decision to sack former England boss Steve McClaren would have come as a shock to some Derby County players, it will have given others a new lease on life as they look to start, or kick-start, their career in the East Midlands.
According to the BBC, Paul Clement is set to take over the reins at the iPro Stadium this week and his arrival could boost a number of players who had previously found it difficult to get a look in or had become a casualty of McClaren’s favoured 4-3-3 system.
We take a look at three players who we believe could benefit the most from the managerial change and what it could mean for their future.
Farrend Rawson – After impressing on loan for Rotherham United, it came as a bit of a surprise when the youngster was still left out of a faltering defence at Derby upon his return.
At Rotherham, he was praised as a Premier League class defender by Steve Evans, yet at Derby he was seen as nothing more than a defender from the Under-21 side.
With a big pre-season, the expectation was always that he could jump straight into the first team squad, but with a new manager he could look to go one better and stake a claim as a regular starter.
Raul Albentosa – The summer signing that excited fans the most, despite bringing in Darren Bent and Tom Ince, was the Eibar central defender, who was signed shortly after he was named in the La Liga December team of the month.
He has found the transition hard from Spain to England, but Clement would be able to help him out a lot more than Steve McClaren.
Fluent in Spanish, Clement could certainly get his ideas across to the dominating defender more easily and offer the Spaniard a genuine second crack at the whip when the season starts.
Craig Bryson – although it hasn’t been a great season for the majority of the Derby team, Bryson’s disappointing campaign stands out above everyone else.
After netting 16 goals during the Rams’ play-off final finishing season, which saw him rewarded with a five-year deal at the club, he found himself on the bench a lot and struggling to make an impact in the latest campaign.
If he can earn a place in a more attacking role, after being placed deeper this season, then it could lead the Scotland international back into the form which saw him in the PFA Team of the Year.