More Woe For Steve McClaren At Derby – Sacked Again


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.

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65 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #1

    NEXT

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #2

    A multi millionaire for being shite.

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Woe Ed?
    He’s laughing (grinning) all the way to the bank man! He’s making a fantastic career out of abject failure..

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  • Thump

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Tee hee.

    @Dubai (from last): Hayden and Yedlin are injured, so probably not the best idea to start them…

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #5

    All 16 of Wijnaldums PL goals have been scored at home, 11 for us.

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Snap…snap…

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Derby turning into one of those basketcase clubs

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  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Steve McClaren – third PAYOFF in 21 months
    no wonder he’s always smirking !!!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Derby should have sacked him a couple of weeks ago. Maybe the team would have shown up for a new manager instead of letting the Seagulls crap all over them.

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  • Jib

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #10

    McClaren lost his mojo the second half of season 2014/15 – up until then he had Derby flying and playing good footy.

    For all the panning he got I think he’s basically an honest man who was badly affected at Derby by his secret agreement to come to us.

    After that NUFC (as it was then run) to his surprise was not what was written on the tin.

    He should have taken more time out of football and certainly not returned to Derby County !

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  • cyprus

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe our canny strategy of playing like novices in the first twenty, conceding a goal or two, then coming back at the very end, has been found out Rafa 😉

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  • posada

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Sing in the corner
    I thought your comments last night were sound, balanced and knowledgable. The sort of thing I read this blog for.
    Particularly your assessment of Diame, Colback and Shelvey.
    Jimmy Smith
    Likewise. Your comment about Mbemba and Mitro being marginalised was spot on.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #13

    cat take credit for it but made me chuckle

    he should now be known as

    the wally with the lolly

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #14

    What did they see in poor old Schteve?
    Surely, we should have been looking at a better calibre of manager, just to stay mid table in the PL.
    Maybe they will see the same thing again, when we sack RAFA, during the international break, for not beating the Brummies 6-0?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Ha ha, basically an honest man?? Numerous public affairs while still married, despite the worst kept secret in football that destroyed Derby’s season he still hung around waiting to be sacked rather than walking. Jeez I’d hate to see how henious your dishonest man is!

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Posada
    Cheers for that.. The best thing about this blog is the range of opinions and often insights I get from reading stuff that I hadn’t considered before. Keep smiling, and keep it going lads, and Ed.
    Work calls now. Hate Monday morning after a poor result on the Saturday. Reminds me of when I was a kid, takes a week to buck yourself up.
    Rafa will ‘analyse’ and come up with the answers, we live in hope.

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  • Jib

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #17

    With regard to our loss on Saturday.

    I found our home defeats to Blackburn and Wolves much more galling , at least Fulham played the better football on the day.

    Rafa has assembled a new squad from scratch to do a job. For the most part it is doing it but it is nowhere near the finished article and he knows it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #18

    toontaff,
    After the way he stitched them up they deserved him for taking him back, that Paul Clement was doing an ok job when they sacked him as well.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #19

    toontaff
    Tbf he was an upgrade on sacked league one Pardew and completely out of his depth assistant manager Carver

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Whatever happened to that Paul Clement? 👿

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Not sure he was better than JFK, though 😆

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #22

    If Rafa set them up to concede possession then he got it badly wrong, he could have definitely changed things up at half time as well, however when the players are as poor as that it’s pretty much out of the managers hands. He asked for fresh faces in January and the same people in charge who hired JfK, produced stats to show cups were bad and decided not to make signings for 18 months one time decided they knew better.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Haha Kinnear is in a league of his own certainly

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #24

    WW…,
    I don’t think we would have been relegated if his ticker had of held out that year. But he would have been given an eight year deal abd relegated us the season after.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail
    …think am happier with how things turned out to be honest

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  • Jib

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Carver , McClaren and Pardew all binned this season.
    Perhaps NUFC fans know what they are talking about.
    😀

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  • posada

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #27

    JFK
    Aye, remember that time for sure. Recall before Christmas that season we got good back to back wins. One against Spurs I think it was. Duff linked up well with Viduka to score a good goal.
    Left thinking that’s it we’ve turned the corner. And the rest as they say ………………

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  • martoon

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ve been away for the weekend and just read the reports and some comments on here – seems like I chose the right game to miss. Jail, I presume you were there, were we as bad as all the reports seem to suggest?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #29

    But you wholeheartedly supported them saying they shouldn’t be sacked.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #30

    martoon

    out played in every department the best team definitely won

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  • Jib

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #31

    Never Carver and not Pardew at the end.

    You should avoid exaggerated generalities they weaken your argument.

    e.g.

    McClaren had 2 affairs – that may be numerous in your world – but not anyone elses

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Was Fulham our first loss in 13 or 14 league games?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #33

    martoon,
    Everybit as bad, no desire, no cohesion and long balls to Gayle that he never looked getting, to blame Dummet for his howler wouldn’t be a justice as it topped off all their performances, Anita didn’t do anything, Diame looked like a League two player. It was bad.

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  • posada

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #34

    Two affairs would be numerous for me.
    The lucky sod.
    Especially with a hair cut like that.
    I wonder what the Ladies saw in the multi millionaire Wolly Brolly.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #35

    Those who slate the fat man, it could be worse….. And i don’t just mean Derby, but Hull, Swansea and a load more.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #36

    Dubai
    Very little difference actually

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Ok,
    Only two known public affairs and completele deception regarding Derby county that settles it, he’s a paragon of honesty is good old Steve.

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  • martoon

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail & hibbit – thanks for that. Always good to get a fan at the game’s perspective.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #39

    DubaiMickey,
    I don’t think there are too many barristers who start their defence by pointing out who’s worse. OJ might not have got away with it had Kardashian pointed out how bad the Boston Strangler was. Saying there are half a dozen out of 92 worse owners doesn’t really post him in a good light.

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  • Blofal

    Mar 13, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #40

    As much as I do admire Benitez – I don’t understand the philosophy of changing tactics every game when we are the strongest team in the division.

    When you’re a weaker team sure – you might maintain or give away possession, press or counter attack. But if you are a strong team you should play to your strengths and make the opposition change their own style to compensate.

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