The former Real Madrid assistant was confirmed in his first full time managerial role earlier this week and he’s looking to embrace the extremely competitive nature of the new division he’ll be coaching in.
“What interested me about the league was the competitive nature of it and how tight it was at the top; any one of the top eight could have made it to the Premier League,” he said.
“Derby have done well in the division in the last few years and hopefully we can go that one step further this time, with a bit of fine tuning.”
Derby will definitely be looking to contend for the top two places in the division when the next campaign gets underway in August and the club have plenty going in their favour.
The club have the resources needed to be competitive in the transfer market and Clement could allow them to go after some good loan deals in foreign leagues, which would be more difficult for their rivals to pull off.
The Rams will also be motivated by the disappointment of the last two seasons under the guidance of Steve McClaren.
Derby narrowly missed out on promotion in the play-off final against QPR, before failing to just make the top six altogether last season, after a poor run of form, which saw the club slide down the table.
If Clement can find a way to get the Rams ahead and then keep them ahead, they’ll be in a strong position to ensure the mistakes of the recent past don’t repeat themselves.