It’s not been a good 12 months for Steve McClaren and following the one year anniversary last Saturday of him being fired at Newcastle, the former England manager has been sacked for a second time in 21 months at Derby County.
The announcement came last night.
Steve started off well this time around at the Rams winning 9 of his first 12 games in charge in the league, but in the last 9 games they have won only once and were hammered 3-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night.
Steve McClaren – third sacking in 21 months
Derby Chairman Mel Morris said this on the Derby County web-site:
“Steve is a great coach, we have very talented players and first class facilities but the heartbeat, commitment, focus and passion has been lacking something fundamental.”
“The Brighton game on Friday night was so far from what we expect to see from those wearing a Derby County shirt.”
“To ensure we are on the right path, it is important to put the building blocks in place so we can develop a team we can all be proud of.”
“Players should wear the shirt with pride and share, espouse and exude the qualities and values we believe are important to the club, its supporters and the community.”
“We need a manager who shares our values and who is prepared to develop the team, staff and processes that will set us on course for a sustainable place in the Premier League.”
“We are less concerned about timescales than we are about getting things right.” “Of course we would like to achieve this sooner rather than later.”
“That manager will of course be given the full support and backing of myself, the board, our executive team and staff .”
Derby have chopped and changed their manager a lot over the last three years and any manager needs time to start producing results.
This will be Derby’s 6th management appointment since September, 2013 – 6 managers in three and a half years.
It does look like they have another manager lined up and expect to make an announcement in the next few days.
Assistant manager Chris Powell and technical director Chris Evans have also left left the club with McClaren, who lasted only five months this time around.
This is the second sacking this season by Derby County after former manager Nigel Pearson was sacked last October.