Derby County’s search for a new manager goes on and one of the options for the club is the assistant who has followed Carlo Ancelotti around for the majority of his career, Paul Clement, according to the BBC.
Ancelotti’s recent sacking as Real Madrid manager makes it more realistic that the Rams could now approach Clement over the position and it’s a move, which could aid the club in terms of keeping a midfielder from last season; Oscar Mascarell.
The 22-year-old made 23 appearances in the Championship last season and did everything that would have been asked of him by Real Madrid, his parent club.
However, central midfield is not an area of the current Real squad where they are short of options and with the player contracted to the Bernabeu until the end of 2017, they may be open to letting him have another year with the Championship side.
Where Clement provides the advantage is his obvious connection with the Spanish giants having just worked there as an assistant coach.
He could not only help another Mascarell loan deal to go through quickly and smoothly, he may also aid the club if they want to sign other players on loan from the La Liga giants.
Whoever Derby appoint as manager, there is going to be pressure on them to get the major transfer decisions sorted out quickly, creating more time on the training pitch to ensure that everyone can gel together and hit the ground running when it comes to the start of the season.
If Clement comes in, Mascarell could quickly be retained along with one or two other youngsters from Real Madrid, which takes care of some transfer business very quickly.
Clement could then focus on ensuring that he’s able to get some good early results when the Championship starts all over again, with the team hunting promotion into the Premier League.