Frustrated Ian Holloway reacts to Derby County's knee-jerk decision

The pundit and former manager isn't impressed with Derby.

Ian Holloway believes Derby County produced a 'knee-jerk reaction' to sack Paul Clement earlier this week, according to his regular Sky Sports predictions column.

The Midlands outfit parted company with their head coach after suggesting he wasn't doing things the 'Derby way' but Holloway says he wants to sit down with chairman Mel Morris and ask him just what that means.

And the pundit feels Derby need to be far more patient if they are ever to achieve promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

Holloway told Sky: "I'd love to sit down with Derby chairman Mel Morris and ask him what the 'Derby way' he spoke of in the week really is.

"The 'Derby way' should come from the top of the club. The message should revolve around building a club where everybody is calm and believes they can achieve success even when things go horribly wrong.

"A knee-jerk reaction from above is the last thing anybody needs at a football club. Despite relegation, it didn't happen at Burnley or Hull over the summer and look at them now."

Reaction seemed unanimous among pundits and onlookers as Derby sacked Clement.

Robbie Savage was confused and many were quick to condemn the Rams.

It remains to be seen whether Derby made the right decision and whether their reasoning - sticking to the Derby way - makes any sense.

Despite the chaos, Holloway has still backed the Midlands outfit to win in the Championship this weekend, when they host MK Dons.

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