May 27, 2015 08:46:22 UK
Derby County insist they will not rush into naming a successor to Steve McClaren, who left the club on Monday.
The former England and Middlesbrough boss was axed after the Rams failed to make the Championship play-offs, having been beaten in the Wembley final by QPR just over 12 months ago.
Derby appeared to be on course to win automatic promotion midway through the season but a dismal run of just two wins in the final 13 games of the season saw them slip out of contention.
We will whittle the shortlist down as quickly as we can but it is important to say that we will not be rushed into a decision.
Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement has been linked with the vacancy, but chief executive Sam Rush told the club’s official website: “We have been working with Steve in the past few days regarding his departure.
“We will work very quickly to draw up a shortlist, which is one I don’t expect to be particularly long. We have already had contact from a number of individuals that believe they can take Derby County forward.
“We will whittle the shortlist down as quickly as we can but it is important to say that we will not be rushed into a decision.
“Performances were not the only reason that the decision has been made as well and there are a variety of reasons why we have reached the decision.”
Derby are 5.00 to be promoted from the Championship next season, with East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest 6.50 and Burnley 5.50.
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