Clement was confirmed as Derby’s head coach earlier this week, becoming the man tasked with guiding the side into the Premier League after Steve McClaren was sacked.
He feels he’s at a club, which is well suited to make the step up from the second flight of English football and into the Premier League.
“Early on Derby did interest me. I said before, I feel I am at a big club. It is a club with tradition, a strong supporter base and infrastructure,” he said.
“I liked what [chief executive] Sam Rush had to say and his ambition for the club matched mine.”
Derby’s size and competitive nature extends to beyond the players currently in their squad.
The Rams can be competitive in the transfer market and Clement’s previous connections with some of Europe’s best clubs, opens up the possibility of the club attracting some very good younger players in potential loan deals.
It may be his first job in total control of a first team, but it’s encouraging that he appears to understand everything that Derby County represents.
He’s showing respect towards the Rams and that should give him a good chance of getting off to a good start in terms of his relationship with the club’s support base.
It’s also encouraging that he seems to be on the same page as the club’s chief executive and he can head into next season with a good understanding of exactly what is expected from him, with support for the periods where things may not pan out according to plan.
He’s now got to make good strides in terms of transfers before embracing pre-season.