Derby County was delighted to confirm the appointment of Paul Clement as their new Head Coach on 1st June 2015.
Clement, 43, signed a three-year contract at the iPro Stadium after leaving his role as assistant manager at Spanish giants Real Madrid to join the Rams.
After successfully serving Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti, he was described by the Italian boss as ‘one of the most dynamic and intelligent coaches’ that he had worked with.
His first coaching role was with Chelsea in their Centre of Excellence, before he served Fulham in their Academy, in his first full-time position, and the Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level prior to returning to the Blues in 2007, initially with the youth and reserve sides.
His hard work and dedication to the job has seen him gain significant experience and work alongside some of the football’s elite performers, working his way up the coaching ladder to earn a sizeable reputation in the game.
He stepped up to the first-team staff under Guus Hiddink in 2009 – during which time Chelsea won the FA Cup – before being retained by Carlo Ancelotti following his appointment ahead of the 2009/10 season working alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry.
In his first season working with Ancelotti at Chelsea they won the Premier League and the FA Cup, before the Italian departed at the end of the 2010/11 season. Clement too moved on, working briefly as assistant to Steve Kean at Blackburn Rovers before linking up with Ancelotti again midway through to the 2011/12 season at Paris St Germain.
In the 2012/13, PSG won the Ligue 1 title, as well as working alongside the likes of David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and, in the summer of 2013, Clement followed Ancelotti to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
In their first campaign, Madrid won the UEFA Champions League trophy for the tenth time in their history after a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid after extra-time with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale amongst their goalscorers. They also defeated Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Final during the season.
These successes were followed by the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup a few months later.
John Peacock joined Derby County as First Team Coach in late June 2015 after leaving his position at the Football Association.
In his time at The FA, Peacock led the England Under 17 side to two European Championship titles in 2010 and 2014.
He also managed over 100 games in UEFA competition, with a 69% win record.
Holding The FA Academy Director's Licence and UEFA Pro License, Peacock is a highly experienced coach.
Peacock is no stranger to Derby, having been the Rams’ Academy Director in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.
Peacock’s move to the iPro Stadium has brought the curtain down on his second spell working for The FA.
As a player, he spent seven seasons with Scunthorpe United, playing more than 200 league and cup games. His first coaching role was with Coventry City where he was a Football Development Officer.
Peacock's first spell at The FA, from 1990-1998, was spent as a Regional Director in the Midlands and during the intervening years Peacock was Academy Director at Derby where he helped develop numerous youngsters into first team players.
Following his return to the FA in 2002, he took up a number of key coaching roles: National Coach, Head of Coaching and England Under-17 Head Coach, as well as Head of Elite Senior Coach Development.
In May 2007, Peacock led England’s Under 17s to the Final of the European Championships where they lost narrowly to Spain. Peacock and the Under 17s then reached the Quarter Finals of the World Cup in Korea that summer.
Peacock then led England to glory in May 2010, when his side won the European Championship, beating Spain in the Final in Liechtenstein after a season which saw his side unbeaten throughout.
They repeated that success in 2014 by again winning the tournament by defeating Holland on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Pascal Zuberbühler became the latest high-profile coach to join Derby County after being appointed as the club’s new goalkeeping coach in late June 2015.
The former Switzerland international joined Paul Clement’s backroom team on the same day that John Peacock arrived as First Team Coach.
Throughout a decorated playing career, Zuberbühler played at the highest level for club and country.
His main success came in his native Switzerland at club level, where he went on to lift six Swiss league titles and three cups as well as play Champions League football over a 14 year spell that started at Grasshopper Club Zurich and took him to FC Basel.
On the international stage, he earned 51 caps for Switzerland featured in Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and the 2006 World Cup, the latter where he kept four clean sheets in four games as the Swiss bowed out to Ukraine on penalties in the last-16.
His performances earned him a move to the Barclays Premier League, where he played first for West Bromwich Albion, before finishing his career at Fulham after a brief spell back in Switzerland where he helped Neuchâtel Xamax earn promotion.
Zuberbühler has held the position of goalkeeping coach on three separate occasions with the Philippines national side as well as at Swiss top flight side BSC Young Boys.
Head Of Football Operations
Derby County appointed Chris Evans as their new Head of Football Operations in November 2013.
The key areas of the role include a focus on recruitment, management of the scouting system and providing operational support to the first-team coaching staff. Evans has served Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday during the past 24 years since hanging up his boots, in various roles, including Coaching, Head of Recruitment, Academy Manager, Performance Director, Assistant Manager and Caretaker Manager.
After enjoying a professional career, as a defender, at Arsenal, Stoke City, York City and Darlington, Evans became a Senior Football Development Officer in Wales from 1988 until 1991. He then moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers and between 1991 and 2007 he served the club as Youth/Reserve Team Coach, Youth Development Officer, Chief Scout, Director of Youth and Academy Director during his lengthy stint in the West Midlands.
During his time at Molineux he was able to identify and recruit top talent such as Robbie Keane, Joleon Lescott and Elliott Bennett, helping them to become Premier League and international footballers. In 2007 he moved to Bolton Wanderers to work alongside Gary Megson as Assistant Manager and Performance Director, during which time he set up and was responsible for a UK & European Scouting/Player Recruitment department, amongst other areas.
He also had a spell as Caretaker Manager before leaving the Reebok Stadium in 2010. Evans moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 2011, as Assistant Manager, and during that time he also carried the additional responsibility of being Head of Recruitment at Hillsborough, helping put together the promotion-winning squad in the 2011/12 season.
Darren Wassall has occupied the role of Academy Manager at Derby County since April 2009.
He oversees the running of Derby’s Academy set-up at the Training Centre on a daily basis, with the rest of the Academy staff reporting directly to him.
During his tenure, a number of players have progressed through the ranks into the first-team set-up, including Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick, Mark O’Brien and Mason Bennett.
In the summer of 2014, Wassall successfully oversaw Derby’s bid to achieve Category One status under the Elite Player Performance Plan.
Wassall featured over 120 times for the Rams, after being brought to the Club by Arthur Cox.
He joined Derby County in the summer of 1992 and soon gained a reputation as a reliable defender.
He was also a member of the side that won promotion to the Premier League under Jim Smith in 1997, before he left the Rams in 1997 to join Birmingham City.
Head Of Physcial Performance
Karl Halabi joined Derby County as Head of Physical Performance in the summer of 2015 following the appointment of Paul Clement as Head Coach.
A Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Halabi has vast experience of working in football at a number of clubs.
He was Academy Fitness Coach and First Team Fitness Coach at Fulham, Fitness Coach for the FAI and Chelsea, Head Fitness Coach at Watford and Head of Sports Science at Reading between 2004 and 2013.
Those roles have provided significant experience and when Clement took charge at the iPro Stadium, he moved quickly to bring Halabi with him.
Dr Bryan English
Chief Medical Officer
Dr Bryan English was added to Derby County’s backroom team during the summer of 2015.
English, who qualified in medicine in 1986, previously held the position of Medical Director at Chelsea between 2005 and 2011.
During his time with Chelsea, he worked alongside Derby Head Coach Paul Clement after he progressed through the coaching ranks from the youth and reserves to the first-team set-up.
English worked under Jose Mourinho, Luis Filipo Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti during what is regarded as the most successful spell in the club’s history.
After leaving the Blues he also spent time working at Middlesbrough, while he has gained experience on the highest level in the field of Ice hockey, basketball, judo, track and field and tennis – as well as football.
English was also the Medical Director for UK Athletics at the Olympic Games in 2004.
Neil Sullivan is Derby County’s Head Physiotherapist following his arrival at the club in 2008.
He had previously held the same position at Oxford United over two spells - as well at Peterborough United - between July 2001 and September 2008.
Sullivan has degrees in Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) and Master of Science Advancing Practice (MSc).