Kevin Phillips: I’m really looking forward to learning from Paul Clement at Derby

Former Aston Villa, Sunderland, West Brom and Crystal Palace striker Phillips joined Derby as assistant coach.

Speaking to Rams Player, Kevin Phillips admitted that he is excited to work under Paul Clement at Derby, and is keen to learn from such an experienced coach having made the move to the iPro Stadium yesterday.

The former striker said: “Here, I’m going to have more of an input [than at Leicester], more of a hands-on role, and that is something that appeals to me. It’s something I’m really looking forward to, learning of a manager that’s got vast experience, that’s one of the top coaches in Europe.”

Phillips arrived at the iPro Stadium yesterday, agreeing a switch to Derby from Premier League side Leicester, where he had been coaching since retiring at the end of the 2013/14 season.

A prolific striker in his playing days, Phillips brings a wealth of Football League experience to the Rams, even if he is only at the early stages of his coaching career.

Moving to Derby is a step-up for Phillips as well, considering he is now set to take a role as assistant to boss Paul Clement, having only been in a more limited coaching capacity at Leicester.

He will assist Clement in a more hands-on management style, and he has admitted that he was drawn to the role with the Rams due to the challenge of the new job, as well as for the opportunity to learn under Clement.

Despite starting his management career in slow form, Clement is considered one of the best assistant coaches in European football, having spent time at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid working under Carlo Ancelotti.

He has a wealth of experience, and Phillips will be hoping that some of that experience is shared with him, as he looks to make his way in the management side of the game.

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