The former Real Madrid assistant has signed a three-year deal to lead the club, as they look to get into the Premier League through the play-offs or via one of the automatic promotion places next season.
Clement has spent several years working as a deputy to top profile coach Carlo Ancelotti which will give him plenty of ideas in terms of the best way for the club to progress and move forward over the coming months.
It’s important that officials such as chief executive Sam Rush back him with the major deals he wants to go after in terms of the transfer market and he needs to quickly work out who is surplus to requirements.
The officials also need to give him the time to work with the squad and develop things as he sees fit because the finger could tense on the trigger if Derby get off to a bad start in August.
Derby have the infrastructure to be able to cope with promotion but it’s not going to be easy because there are several teams that will be competing in and around the top six places next year.
Last season showed how difficult it is for any team to pull away from the pack in the Championship, with the promotion race going all the way down to the final couple of weeks in a very intense season.
It’s a risk for the Rams because Clement takes control for his first managerial position in full control of a team, but it will look like a masterstroke if the team can pull off promotion.
Here’s what Derby fans on Twitter had to say about the club’s decision to go with Clement.
Brave, ambitious and exciting appointment by the club. Welcome to Derby, Paul Clement. Roll on next season #dcfc— StuartF (@sjforsyth) June 1, 2015
I hope kenny burns chokes on his fry up this morning as it sinks in we have Paul clement and the have dougie freedman !!!! #dcfc— Aaron (@Derbyram1103) June 1, 2015
Clement speaks well, top 2 the target, acknowledges our great support/stadium, has known Sam Rush for some time #dcfcfans— Daniel Warwick (@derbydaniel) June 1, 2015
Imo clement Is a risk but an exciting risk great appointment by derby! Now can look forward to who he brings in! #DCFC— Derby Lad (@derby_lad) June 1, 2015
Great start to the week with the arrival of Clement now if Makelele rumours are true to improve our defence it will only get better #dcfc— Stefano (@stefdcfc89) June 1, 2015