Paul Clement’s first five signings for Derby County: Where are they now?

Paul Clement manager of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Middlesbrough at Pride Park Stadium on August 18, 2015 in Derby, England.

Paul Clement became Derby County boss in the summer of 2015.

Paul Clement manager

Paul Clement became Derby County manager in the summer of 2015. He was the first official managerial appointment under owner Mel Morris, and he was given plenty of funds to spend.

The Rams spent north of £20 million in the summer of 2015-16 in their bid for promotion to the Premier League. It was an expensive gamble, and which ultimately failed to pay off.

Clement was sacked after just nine months in charge. Here we look at his first five signings as manager and see where they are now:


Chris Baird:

Chris Baird was one of three players to arrive on a free transfer in July 1. The Northern Irishman joined from West Bromwich Albion, and he was tasked with covering positions at right-back and in midfield.

Baird made just 14 Championship appearances that season for the Rams, and he re-joined former club Fulham on loan after Clement’s sacking midway through the campaign.

The 37-year-old is now officially retired.

Demarai Gray of Leicester City and Chris Baird of Derby County in action during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Derby County and Leicester City at iPro Stadium on January 27,...

Darren Bent:

Darren Bent also arrived on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

The former England international spent three years at the club, scoring 12 league goals in 58 games. He is now also retired having last featured for Burton Albion on loan.

Derby County's Darren Bent looks bemused during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Burton Albion at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2017 in Derby, England.

Scott Carson:

Scott Carson arrived at Derby from Wigan Athletic. He was arguably Clement’s best signing that summer as he quickly established himself as the Rams’ number one.

The 33-year-old made over 150 league appearances for Derby in the past four seasons. However, last season he was replaced by Kelle Roos as the club’s number one. Carson is now on loan at Manchester City as third choice.

Scott Carson of Derby looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County v Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Alex Pearce:

Alex Pearce joined Derby from Reading on a free transfer. He arrived with Premier League experience having won promotion with the Royals.

The defender, however, struggled for game time throughout his time at Pride Park. Pearce joined Millwall on loan last season and made his move to the Lions permanent this summer at the end of his Derby contract.

17th March 2019, The Den, London, England; The Emirates FA Cup, quarter final, Millwall versus Brighton and Hove Albion; Alex Pearce of Millwall celebrates after scoring his sides 1st goal...

Andreas Weimann:

Andreas Weimann was Clement’s first transfer which involved a fee worth taking note of, arriving from Aston Villa for a reported £2.75 million.

Big things were expected of the Austrian. However, he was often played out of position on the wing. Weimann scored a total of nine goals in 88 games for Derby in all competitions, before joining Bristol City.

Weimann is now an important player at Ashton Gate. He recently marked his return to Pride Park with a goal for the Robins as Lee Johnson’s side beat Derby 2-1 to move into the Championship top six.

Andreas Weimann of Bristol City (center) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City at Loftus Road...

Paul Clement’s other signings:

The previously mentioned signings all took place on July 1. But Derby were just warming up with those. Tom Ince, Jason Shackell, Bradley Johnson and Jacob Butterfield quickly followed in excess of £15 million.

Clement then added Nick Blackman and Abdoul Camara in January. All his 11 signings are no longer at the club – a sign that he only had his mind set on the short-term in what was a disastrous recruitment period all round.

Bradley Johnson of Derby celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

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