Parlour: This is the period Derby fans will be looking forward to under Clement

Former Gunner Ray Parlour has suggested it will be interesting to see how Derby County setup through pre-season under new manager Paul Clement.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour told talkSPORT he feels Derby County’s decision to go with Paul Clement as manager is a gamble and suggested the crucial period for the club’s new boss.

Clement was confirmed in his position earlier this week, arriving at the club after a spell as Real Madrid assistant boss under Carlo Ancelotti.

He’s done well to land himself such a big job, which is his first as a head coach and Parlour has suggested that it’s going to be a nervous wait for Rams fans before they see what they can expect from their new manager.

“It’s a gamble because he’s been linked with some good jobs but has never really had an opportunity – He’s worked under some great managers and he’s also worked with some very big players,” he said.

“I’m sure Derby will be looking forward to see how he does and pre-season is a chance to look at what style of football they are going to play.”

Clement’s recent past with Real Madrid could see him trying to get Derby playing a slicker brand of football than they have perhaps been used to over the last couple of seasons under Steve McClaren.

Derby have plenty of players who are well equipped to base themselves on pass and move football, but that’s a risk in itself considering the very nature of the Championship.

It’s a very competitive division and one where there is real pressure on teams to get results, regardless of the style they have to use to achieve them.

Clement not only has to get Derby playing attractive football, but he’s also got to find a way of getting the team to respond when they are challenged physically, because teams will try and bully them in matches next year.

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