Clement was confirmed as Derby’s new manager yesterday and Rush doesn’t feel the fact he’s not managed a side directly before will be a problem.
Clement arrives having worked as Carlo Ancelotti’s deputy at Real Madrid, but Rush feels that plenty of other managers have started their careers in a similar position.
“We could reel off a lot of guys who have been number twos originally and who have become unbelievable number ones,” he said.
“Some of those are currently parading silverware around English and wider European football.”
“What we were looking for was someone to grow and evolve everything we are looking to do at this club, on and off the field.”
Clement is in for a baptism of fire once the Championship action returns in August and he’s already under a lot of pressure to improve the squad over the summer to get the club into a position where promotion into the Premier League is realistic.
The Championship is a very competitive division and one which is unforgiving considering the pursuit of the Premier League as the Holy Grail.
Pre-season will give everyone an idea over the sort of football the Rams can look forward to under Clement’s management but for now the man himself and the club’s key officials seem to share a real determination to succeed.
Hopefully Clement can grow and justify what the Rams have seen in him.