Derby County were top of the league in late December but this year they have played six league games and have one win and three draws and have slipped to 5th place in the Championship table, 5 points out of second place and an automatic promotion place.
And they only (only?) reached the fourth round of the FA Cup where they lost 3-1 to Manchester United at home.
In 30 league games manager Paul Clement had managed 13 wins with 12 draws and only five defeats.
But that wasn’t good enough for the Derby Board who have just sacked Paul after only eight months at the club.
As a contrast former Derby manager Steve Mcclaren now the Magpies boss has 13 defeats in only 25 league games and he’s still in the job.
Paul Clement – sacked today
The Derby owner Mel Morris doesn’t seem to have much patience these days after sacking Steve McClaren last May so he’s pulled the trigger again and on the surface of it – it seems just ridiculous.
This is what the owner has said about the dismissal:
“We are grateful for the contribution Paul has made to the football club but the time is right to make a change.” “When Paul joined us last year we worked with him to develop a plan for the club which we asked him to embrace.“
“It was clear in this plan, which was briefed to supporters, players, sponsors and all our stakeholders last summer – that promotion this season was not the primary target.“
‘The priorities were building on the Derby way and style of football enjoyed in the past two seasons; adding depth and strength to our playing squad; and, developing and improving player and team performance.“
“Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we have decided to part company with Paul.“
“I firmly believe that we have one of the very best first team squads in this league. Our players are highly talented professionals who are more than capable of winning games at this level and beyond.“
“I want to record our thanks to Paul for his efforts in leading the team through the first 30 games of this season and in achieving a top six position at this point. We wish him every success in his future career.“
What a weird statement – seems like he doesn’t like the style of play Paul has Derby playing?
It looked like Paul was doing a reasonable job since promotion this season was not the primary target, but maybe he was too close to the top in 5th place?
Chief Executive Sam Rush said Academy Director Darren Wassall is set to take over until May:
“We are in the fortunate position to have somebody as capable as Darren at our football club and he will be leading the coaching staff with immediate effect.”
“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.”
And to think we thought that kind of madness and sadness only happened in the Premier league, but apparently not.
It also happens with clubs trying to get into the Premier League.
It seems like complete and utter madness to us.
And as we have found out over the last year, it’s much more difficult to get fired at Newcastle United – you can lose eight games in a row and still keep your job.