Clement was confirmed in his role earlier this week and Rush hasn’t held back in terms of making it clear what he expects to happen with the former Real Madrid assistant in charge of the Championship giants.
“We know Paul is ambitious, the board is ambitious, and I am ambitious for this club,” he said.
“I think we want to see performances that are entertaining, we want to see players that are improving and a football club that is on the up. If that is there, then I am sure we will achieve our goals as soon as we possibly can.”
Derby are well equipped to produce some entertaining football. Clement has a good recent past at Real Madrid, where he will have learnt about various tactics and tricks which are based around a certain style of play.
However, he’s also got to bear in mind that there is a very physical element to football in the Championship, which Derby need to embrace if they are going to progress.
Derby have the resources to be able to back Clement in the transfer market and he does have a good book of contacts he can utilise, in order to get some talented youngsters signed up on loan.
Former manager Steve McClaren showed with some positive loan deals over the second half of last season, how beneficial they can be if the right players are targeted and brought in.
If he can create a positive mentality and inject real belief into his players, Derby will start to ooze positivity and will embody a club on the up which Rush seems to be hoping for.