Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale offers his opinion on Darren Wassall Derby County form

Derby County Huddle

Paul Clement was sacked by the club at the start of the month.

Derby County recently made the headlines 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 former Real Madrid assistant arrived as a big coup for the club but in the end it turned sour. Since his sacking a number of names have been linked with replacing him at the iPro Stadium - but until the end of the season the job is Darren Wassall's.

The former Derby defender has led the club to two wins and a loss in his first three games and one Sky Sports pundit believes that the new manager syndrome could prove beneficial to the club's promotion campaign.

Former West Ham and Fulham player Tony Gale told Sky Sports News today (25/02/2016):

"It was a bit harsh on Paul (Clement) I felt.

"Maybe, sometimes, and it happens like this late in the season. Maybe it kicks them on and inspires them."

He went on to comment on their win against Blackburn Rovers last night. They won a hard-fought encounter 1-0, thanks to an excellent finish from midfielder Jacob Butterfield.

Gale believes these sort of results are highly important:

"You could see it was a narrow victory last night, that's what you need. You need to nick those 1-0 wins in this very tight Championship.

"They've still got it all to do but they have got very much one of the strongest squads in the Championship."

It will never be known if Clement could have turned form around for Derby or not but in the end he never got that chance.

Now Wassall will hope to ride on this renewed momentum and take The Rams back to the top-flight.

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