Paul Clement discusses first aim as Derby County manager and transfer plans

Paul Clement was appointed as Derby County manager earlier this morning.

New Derby County manager Paul Clement has told the club's official website that he wants to guide the side to a top-two finish during his first season in charge.

Clement penned a three year contract at Derby earlier today and is determined to get the side into the Premier League.

The former Real Madrid coach feels that he is inheriting a talented squad and only wants to make a few additions this summer, to tweak what he has.

“Straight away our aim is the top two, automatic promotion, and there’s no reason why that can’t be achieved,” he said.

“Along the way we will need a bit of luck, of course, because it can be difficult with injuries.

“But with the addition of a couple of extra players I believe we can be fighting for the automatic places.”

If Derby could get a top-two place, then that would be a huge boost for the side, as they have experienced heartbreak over the past two years.

Under the guidance of Steve McClaren, the Rams lost the 2014 play-off final to Queens Park Rangers and they missed out on a top-six place this season after enduring a disastrous run of form at the worst possible time.

Derby won just two of their last 13 matches, and it was this sequence of results which ultimately ended up costing McClaren his job.

Derby still have one of the strongest teams in the Championship, though, and Clement will be wanting to build on the foundations that his predecessor has put down. 

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