But could his predecessor - now at Newcastle - have had something to do with the decision-making process?
Indeed, short or long term, once Steve McClaren started to falter at Derby, things never picked up. The club failed to act and McClaren steered a side looking set for automatic promotion to a finish outside the play-off places.
Could the Rams have been thinking ahead this time, then, with the current Newcastle boss's failure in the Midlands still fresh in the memory?
Derby's form under Clement has plummeted recently and perhaps the club simply felt a sense of deja vu. They didn't act as McClaren made things worse & worse - and didn't want the same thing to happen under his successor.
The official line may be that Clement didn't embrace Derby's values and that may well be true. In fact, the McClaren episode may have even strengthened that way of thinking.
Under the 54-year-old, Derby were going nowhere. Under Clement, it seems the board felt exactly the same way.