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Former Rams striker Dean Sturridge attempts to explain 'the Derby way'

Paul Clement was recently sacked by Derby County because of the direction the club was heading.

Derby County have made the headlines this week after their shock decision to sack 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 chairman Mel Morris as he was unhappy with the progress he had made at the club.

The chairman was quoted by The Times as saying he was sacked for not playing 'the Derby way.'

So what is the Derby way?

One former Derby County player has now attempted to explain what is meant by this phrase.

The former Derby striker Dean Sturridge, who spent nearly a decade with the club, spoke to Sky Sports News yesterday (09/02/2016) and explained what he felt the Derby way was:

"That's what Derby fans want to see now. I know the owner's talked about the 'Derby way'. I assume he is talking about an incisiveness, a passion and a front foot football.

"You can have possession and keep the ball but I feel there's got to be a positiveness to that football, be a purpose. That's what they need. Pacey football and an exciting football."

Clement had come in for criticism for the rather slow build-up play he had The Rams playing and it seems that Morris is simply hoping to see a more exciting style of play at the iPro Stadium in the future.

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 - but he will have to do it with panache.

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