Micky Quinn suggests two reasons for Derby fans to play down expectations under Clement

Former Derby County youth Micky Quinn has suggested it could be difficult for Paul Clement to adjust at the club.

Former Derby youth player and Newcastle United striker urged caution over expectations under Paul Clement at the Rams, when he appeared on talkSPORT.

Quinn is hopeful that Clement can be the man to take the Championship side forward over the course of the next year, but has suggested two potential obstacles to success under the ex-Real Madrid assistant.

“It’s just the difference of adjusting back to the Championship – It’s always been a well run club, they’ve always had passionate fans,” he said.

“Look, from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid to Derby County, you know it’s massive – It’s all in place to go back to the Premier League and hopefully Paul can be that missing link.”

The competitive nature of the Championship was on full display last season, with the promotion race going all the way down to the wire.

Things tense up and with a heavy pressure on all teams to get into the Premier League, the Championship is arguably one of the most cut throat divisions for any new coach to ply his trade in.

The step from some of the big clubs Clement has been involved with previously compared to Derby should be seen as more of a blessing rather than a burden.

He’s got that experience in terms of being able to get the best out of high profile players and he knows how to keep big egos happy.

He’ll also have experience of tactical systems and ideas, which the majority of Derby’s Championship opponents next season won’t be used to and that will play into the club’s hands.

It’s a risk because Clement has never managed a team directly before but it’s a risk which could pay-off in the best possible way.

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