Paul Clement feels the time is right to go it alone after being confirmed as the new head coach of Derby County.Clement had been number two to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid prior to his appointment at the iPro Stadium, and has previously worked under the Italian at Paris St Germain and Chelsea.
London-born Clement also had a spell at Fulham's academy during his coaching career, and he believes he is now ready to put the skills he's learned to the test.
“I have had a wonderful experience in the last six years working as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at three great clubs in Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid,” Clement told the Derby's official website.
“I have been in a supportive role for a number of years now, one I have enjoyed, but I feel I have the right amount of skills and experience to make those decisions – picking the team and deciding on the tactics with the responsibility on me – as a number one.”
Derby finished the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship season in eighth position, leading them to depart with Steve McClaren, and 43-year-old Clement is now targeting a top-flight return for the Rams.
“The team has done well in the last few years and come close to achieving promotion,” he added.
“I know that there is a good squad there and we need to look for that bit extra, so we can make that step.
“Straight away our aim is the top two, automatic promotion, and there’s no reason why that can’t be achieved. With the addition of a couple of extra players I believe we can be fighting for the automatic places.
“It’s exciting to be part of this new period in Derby County’s history.”