In a shocking revelation Igor Stimac admitted to Croatian TV show ”Istinom do gola” that he was offered the job of Derby County manager a year ago, thus proving Nigel Clough’s days were always numbered.

Derby County’s legendary former captain has revealed on television that he was offered the Derby County managers job last year, whilst he was still fighting to take Croatia to the World Cup. At the time Nigel Clough seemingly had the safest job in the country.

Talking about his current job situation, with the Croatian Times, the former West Ham player confirmed that Derby had been interested and that England is his preferred destination. 

”They’ve offered me a position of a manager last year. They’ve later signed Steve McClaren. I was now offered some other options. England remains my wish, but we’ll see.‘I won’t stay jobless” 

The charismatic manager left his post as Croatia boss when he could only lead them into the World Cup play-offs. He obviously wasn’t happy with himself or comfortable in the role, and allowed Niko Kovac to take the reigns and have since qualified for Brazil.

The shock sacking of Nigel Clough seems like it could have been on the cards for the best part of a year, and perhaps wasn’t as rash as first expected.

Whilst the nostalgia would have been nice on bringing back the iconic Croatian, in a way I am glad that Derby didn’t go down this route. I couldn’t bear the thought of such a legend, possibly tarnishing the name he has made for himself at the club.

In some ways you can draw similarities to when Colin Todd became Derby manager, it wasn’t a successful venture and the new generation was scarred with the image of Colin Todd ‘the flop of a manager’ and not Colin Todd ‘two times league champion with Derby County’ 

What would you have thought of the Stimac being named Derby County supremo? 

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