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McClaren appointed Derby head coach

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Steve McClaren has signed a three-year deal with Derby © Getty Images
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Former England boss Steve McClaren has been appointed head coach of Championship outfit Derby County.

McClaren replaces Nigel Clough on a three-year deal. Clough was sacked following the 1-0 defeat at local rivals Nottingham Forest, which left Derby 14th in the Championship, having been in charge of the club since January 2009.

McClaren had been working as a coach alongside manager Harry Redknapp at Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers. He resigned after less than four months in charge of Forest in October 2011 after taking only eight points from his first ten league games.

Former Preston boss Paul Simpson and ex-Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele will also join McClaren's coaching staff.

McClaren was part of the Rams side that won promotion in 1987, while Simpson played for the club between 1992 and 1997. Steele worked alongside McClaren when he was assistant manager to Jim Smith at Derby.

"Steve is a highly qualified coach with all the skill-sets required to be a success here at Pride Park," Derby chief executive Sam Rush said.

"It is also important that Steve, Paul and Eric know what it means to play for Derby County and they have been at the club during the good times."

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