Nigel Pearson favourite for Derby County job

David Moyes distances himself from iPro Stadium vacancy.

Paul Clement has been sacked by Derby County.
Ram chopped Paul Clement sacked, despite Derby's promising Championship position. Image Picture Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is among the favourites to take over as Derby County manager, following the sacking of Paul Clement.

Former Real Madrid assistant manager Clement was sacked after eight months, despite the Rams sitting fifth in the Championship.

Pearson has been out of work since he was sacked by Leicester last June. He was fired after his son Jamie was caught making racist comments in a sex tape filmed in Thailand involving three Leicester reserve players.

Bookies Skybet make Pearson a 10/1 contender, but it’s understood that Pearson and current Birmingham manager Gary Rowett, at 12/1, are favoured by the County board.

Skybet make recently-departed Swansea manager Gary Monk the 2/1 favourite to take over at the iPro Stadium.

Nigel Pearson has been linked to the Derby County manager job
New boss? Nigel Pearson is a leading contender to take over at Derby. Image Picture Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

David Moyes was linked with the iPro Stadium vacancy after watching Derby’s 1-1 draw with Fulham on Saturday. However, Moyes – out of work since leaving Real Sociedad in November – has distanced himself from the job.

The Rams had gone seven league games without a win when Clement’s dismissal was announced on Monday evening.

“It is not like Derby are struggling in mid-table wondering where they are going”

In a statement, County chairman Mel Morris said the club had worked with Clement to “develop a plan” for the club. Their priorities for Clement were building on “The Derby way”, developing the playing style, strengthening the squad and “Improving player and team performances”.

Morris explained: “Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we have decided to part company with Paul.”

Derby academy director Darren Wassall, a former Rams defender, is taking over as interim manager for the remainder of the season.

Morris said: “Our focus is to get the team back on track, delivering the style of football and performance we know they are capable of. I know our fans will give Darren, the coaching staff and the team their full support.” 

Burnley manager Sean Dyche dismissed Morris’ reasons for firing Clement. Dyche told the BBC: “It’s win first and build a style of football second. It takes time to mould a team.

“In this case, I think there were good signs. It is not like Derby are struggling in mid-table wondering where they are going.”

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