Report: Coach change leaves Derby County’s interest in Aston Villa winger Andreas Weimann in doubt

Aston Villa winger Andreas Weimann was a target for Derby County prior to Steve McClaren’s dismissal at the iPro Stadium.

According to the Telegraph, Derby County were in the hunt for Andreas Weimann’s signature before Steve McClaren was sacked as Rams boss last week.

The report claims the out-of-favour Austrian international was a target of McClaren’s as he looked to put a team together to once again have a good crack at promotion after two failed attempts.

However, McClaren was given his marching orders by the East Midlands outfit, who have since hired former Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement in his place.

Will the head coach change affect Derby’s interest in Andreas Weimann?

Although the report indicates that may be the case, the recruitment side at Derby is run completely separate to the head coach position and the interest could well still be there.

According to the BBC, Villa teammate Darren Bent will sign for Derby when his contract runs out at the end of the June, which indicates the Rams' recruitment drive is ongoing despite only announcing Clement on Monday.

If the former Madrid assistant gives the green light on Weimann, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him swap the claret and blue of Villa for the white of Derby and play a key role in a promotion push to the Premier League.

Is Weimann what Derby County need? 

After allowing Jamie Ward to leave the club on a free transfer and losing Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard to their parent clubs, the Rams are in need of one or two extra bodies in wide positions.

In McClaren's favoured 4-3-3 system, the Villa man would have been perfect as a wide forward, which is most likely why the interest was initiated. 

Nevertheless, depending on Clement's plans, Weimann could still be a very good coup for the Championship club as he is used to playing in a number of different roles. 

According to Whoscored, the Austrian played in no fewer than eight positions for Villa this season, excluding substitute appearances, so has shown a great talent for adapting to various situations and roles - a trait the Rams could need next season, especially after injuries last season were able to derail them so easily. 

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