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Paul Clement plans to hit the ground running at Derby County

4 June 2015

New Derby County head coach Paul Clement plans to hit the ground running in the 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship, a division he describes as 'very challenging'.

The Rams finished eighth in the Championship in 2014/15 under Steve McClaren, and Clement, who was appointed as the club's new head coach earlier this week, insists the squad he has inherited is a good one.

Clement, who has previously worked as assistant manager at Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid, believes he has time to plan, giving the Rams the best chance of success next term.

“This is a fresh start for everybody, we have plenty of time to plan to hit the ground running," he told the media at his first press conference as Derby boss.

"The Sky Bet Championship is a very challenging league and one of the most entertaining in Europe and that itself is very exciting.

"I have had a burning ambition to get to this position of my career. This is a fantastic opportunity and one I want to seize.

"I have worked at some fantastic clubs with fantastic players and those experiences will stand me in good stead here at Derby.

“My background is varied, I have worked with talented players, but I have worked across the board. They are going to be needed.

"I'm not going to pretend to be anybody else, I am my own man, but the experience I have gained over the years will be needed."

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