Flop former Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has returned to Derby as the club’s new manager.
McClaren has made his comeback to the iPro Stadium 17 months after leaving and has signed a deal until 2018.
The ex-England head coach 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 told the club’s official site.
“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.”
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 the Sky Bet Championship play-offs in 2014-15. Derby won just two of their last 13 games as they dropped from top to eighth.
McClaren fared little better at Newcastle and heavy spending failed to address the inadequacies in his squad before he was sacked in March with the Magpies on the brink of relegation from the Premier League.
He lost 18 of his 31 games, winning just seven.