Derby County have released a statement through their club site stating that they have parted company with Paul Clement as first-team manager.

Clement was appointed as Derby boss when Steve McClaren left to join Newcastle in the Premier League last summer and it was hoped that he would be able to muster a promotion push.

He was given generous funds to work with in the summer as he smashed the club’s transfer record to sign Bradley Johnson from Norwich as well as bringing in talent like Andi Weiman, Jason Shackell and Jacob Butterfield.

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Derby are currently fifth in the Championship table but the board are unhappy with this and felt that the team should be much further up the table at this point in the season.

They even allowed Clement to bring in Nick Blackman and Marcus Olsson in the January window to further their cause but it still wasn’t working. This has led to Clement being relieved of his duties, with Darren Wassall taking the job until the end of the season.