Clement's perfect response to question over his suitability to Derby role

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Paul Clement isn't concerned by being more of a manager than a coach at Derby County and feels balance is vital.

Derby County boss Paul Clement told talkSPORT that he’s not concerned about making the step up from coach to manager.

Clement responded perfectly when he was quizzed over whether he felt the challenge of becoming a full time manager, rather than an assistant, would be something he’d struggle to deal with.

“I think I can do both and that’s why I’ve stepped up to the plate. I’ve got the skills to make those decisions and to take more of a leadership role,” he said.

“I suppose the main difference now is that you’re the man they come to with the questions, you’re the man who picks the team and you’re the man who decides who comes in and who goes out.”

Clement has already dealt with some very big profile and egotistical stars during his career, but it will be a little different being the man that the majority turn to at Derby when they have issues over the way they are being used in the squad.

Hopefully that experience in dealing with high profile players will work in his favour and he won’t become flustered if he’s put on the spot by questions from players.

In terms of a coach and what he can offer as he looks to develop players, that’s not an ability he needs to sell.

What’s going to be the challenge for Clement is incorporating the various extra responsibilities, which come with management and the things Carlo Ancelotti had to deal with at Real Madrid, which he didn’t.

If he can get the balance between coaching and management right, there’s no reason the Rams can’t be pushing for automatic promotion in the Championship next season.

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