Friday, 2nd May, 2014

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has praised Steve McClaren’s work with Derby county that has seen the Rams finish in the playoffs places in the Championship this season.

McClaren joined Derby County as the manager in September last year to replace Nigel Clough, who was sacked by the board for a poor start to the season.

“He has done a great job has Steve. I think they’ll be the team to beat in the playoffs”, McDermott told the club’s official site.

The former Arsenal man believes that McClaren’s vast experience of top level management, both in England and abroad, has helped him to turn around the fortunes of Derby County.


“We know what were coming up against. They have a big support, they are a big club, Steve has managed England and abroad, and they are a good club.

“He has built on the team and worked with them. They have pace, they are skilful have imagination, and he has gelled them.”

The Rams are third in the Championship table on 84 points and have qualified for the playoffs this season.

McClaren served as the England manager between 2006 and December 2007, when he was sacked by the FA for the Three Lions’ failure to qualify for the 2008 European Championship. The 52-year-old went on to manage Dutch side FC Twente and helped them to win their first Eredivisie in the 2009/10 season.

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