The former Rams striker felt the writing was on the wall.
Derby County took plenty of Football League fans by surprise yesterday as they decided to sack manager Paul Clement.
It came after a poor recent run although Derby still remain firmly in the promotion hunt. Clement, who was seen as a long-term appointment, was sacked by owner Mel Morris as he was unhappy with the progress he had made at the club.
Whilst the move shocked many, it did not have the same impact on Dean Sturridge.
The former Derby striker, who spent nearly a decade with the club, spoke to Sky Sports News earlier today (09/02/2016) and mentioned just how he felt the writing was on the wall for Clement:
"No I am not (surprised). It is unfortunate for Paul Clement.
"But I feel when Mel Morris walked into the changing room three or four weeks ago I think it undermined Paul Clement and it showed that it was a tetchy relationship and that the owner was not happy with what was going on.
"I was shocked to hear that had happened. In the present day that's how owners are, they like to get their fingers in and get involved with it. Paul Clement would have known at that moment that things were not going as well as he wanted to. It showed that the relationship was not where it needed to be."
He is of course referring to the incident in which Morris allegedly headed into the Derby dressing room to have his say on matters after a 1-1 draw with Reading at the iPro Stadium.
Since that moment Derby failed to win a single game and that may be seen as many to not be a coincidence.
Darren Wassall is now set to takeover first-team duties until the end of the season and will hope to get the club back to winning ways.