Derby County to unveil Paul Clement as their new manager

Derby County West Stand

HITC Sport understands that Derby County are set to announce Paul Clement as their new manager early next week.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Derby County are set to unveil former Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement as their new manager next week.

Derby are looking for a new head coach after Steve McClaren was sacked earlier this month, following the club's failure to reach the Championship play-offs.

A number of names have been linked with replacing McClaren at the iPro Stadium, but Clement has been the club's number one choice to succeed the former England manager.

Sunderland have also been credited with an interest in Clement as they search for a new manager after Dick Advocaat's departure, but Derby are well down the line with the 43-year-old after holding talks with him.

Clement confirmed his departure from Spanish giants Madrid earlier this week following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu.

The highly-rated coach worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain before joining the Italian at Madrid in 2013.

Clement has never hidden his desire to become a manager in his own right and Derby are understood to have agreed a long-term deal with Clement with the new boss to be handed the task of leading the club back into the Premier League.

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