Steve McClaren reacts to his surprise return to Derby

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has rejoined Derby County as manager – just 17 months after he was sacked by the club.

McClaren, dismissed as head coach by Newcastle United in March after a disastrous eight months at St James's Park, has signed a contract at the iPro Stadium until the end of next season.

The 55-year-old was sacked by Derby last year after failing to guide the club into the Championship play-offs.

McClaren said: “I am excited to be back at Derby County as the club’s manager.

“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.

“This football club has fantastic ambition, brilliant supporters and wonderful backing from the chairman Mel Morris.

"I am looking forward to working alongside Mel, as well as Sam Rush who initially brought me back here in 2013. Sam and I worked very well together previously and I am certain we can pick up where we left off.

“For me, it was vitally important that Chris Powell and the existing team remained on the coaching staff. When I was assistant to Jim Smith in the 1990s, Chris was part of the squad and a key player for us.

“He had a fine playing career, being capped by England as well as enjoying many years in the Premier League, so to have someone as talented as him as my assistant is really important.”