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Saturday 10 December 2016

McClaren returns as Rams boss

Steve McLaren
Steve McLaren

Steve McClaren has returned to Derby as the club's new manager, the Rams have confirmed.

The former England boss has made his comeback to the iPro Stadium 17 months after leaving and has signed a deal until 2018.

McClaren has replaced Nigel Pearson after he left last week following a suspension and club investigation into his conduct last month.

"I am excited to be back at Derby County as the club's manager," he said. "I have a great affiliation with the club, having been here on three previous occasions, and I am really delighted at the prospect of finishing what we started back in September 2013.

"I regret how my time at Derby ended back in 2015 and I am very motivated to put things right for the club and our supporters.

"My ultimate aspiration remains exactly what it was before, to take Derby County back to the Premier League."

Chris Powell had been in caretaker charge and had been tipped to get the job before McClaren emerged as a candidate yesterday.

McClaren was sacked by Derby after two years in charge in May 2015 and took over at Newcastle the following month. He moved to St James' Park after the Rams missed out on Championship play-offs in 2014-15. Derby won just two of their last 13 games as they dropped from top to eighth. At Newcastle, McClaren lost 18 of his 31 games, winning just seven.

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