Carragher said: “Steve McClaren has done a decent job there over the last couple of years so there’s ample opportunity for Clement to try and get Derby back into the Premier League where I think he deserves to be.”
This is certainly a surprising statement from Carragher, as, although Clement is a talented coach, he has never held a senior management role before.
He may have worked alongside some of the best managers in European football, and alongside some great players, but taking charge of a club by yourself is a completely different field.
Clement was wise to take charge of Derby, despite interest from Sunderland and Newcastle, as he is in the Championship and outside of the intense media scrutiny that comes with Premier League status.
He has taken a job at a club that have built a solid base under Steve McClaren, allowing him the chance to hone his management skills at a well-balanced club, although there is a sense that the Rams need to get promoted in the next year, and there are no guarantees that Clement can provide that.
He may turn out to be a great boss, but time is needed from the Derby board to allow him to grow, and the Midlands club should stick by him regardless of their fortunes next season.