Derby County was pleased to announce the appointment of Steve McClaren as their new manager in October 2016.
McClaren, 55, signed a contract which will run until the end of the 2017/18 season to return for his second spell in charge of the Rams.
McClaren’s previous spell in the Derby hotseat came between September 2013 and May 2015, during which time he guided the Rams to the 2014 Championship Play-Off Final.
Playing an exciting and attacking brand of football, Derby finished third in the Championship in 2013/14, achieving a record points total and a record number of goals scored in a season.
In total, McClaren oversaw 95 games in charge of the Rams and achieved a win percentage of 54%, with 51 wins and 22 draws.
McClaren also played for Derby between 1985 and 1988 and was a Second Division title-winner.
After embarking on his coaching career in the 1990s, he also tasted success as Jim Smith’s assistant during the Rams’ promotion campaign to the top flight in the 1995/96 season.
McClaren will oversee his first game back in charge when they take on Leeds United at the iPro Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship.
As a player McClaren, a midfielder by trade, played for Hull City, Derby, Lincoln City, Bristol City and Oxford United.
After hanging up his boots, he moved into coaching and cut his teeth at both Oxford and Derby, prior to joining Manchester United as assistant manager, where he worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson to help the Reds win a historic treble in the 1998/99 campaign.
He moved into management in 2001/02 at Middlesbrough and McClaren guided them to League Cup glory in 2003/04, as well as reaching the UEFA Cup Final in the 2005/06 campaign. He then replaced Sven Goran Eriksson as England manager in 2006, after previously holding a coaching role within his backroom team.
After leaving his post as England boss in 2007, he moved abroad to take charge of Dutch Premier League side FC Twente, with whom he won the league with for the first time in their history in 2009/10.
He later managed German side Wolfsburg during the 2010/11 season, where he gained Champions League experience as a manager in his own right, before returning to England for a very brief spell as manager of Nottingham Forest in 2011.
McClaren moved back to Twente in early 2012 for 13 months prior to a brief spell on Queens Park Rangers’ coaching staff in 2013, before returning to Derby as Head Coach at the end of September 2013.
The Rams achieved a third-place finish in the Championship in 2013/14, racking up 85 points in total and scored 84 goals in the process in the regular league campaign.
Derby defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 6-2 over two legs to reach the Play-Off Final before being on the end of a 1-0 scoreline against Queens Park Rangers in the Final at Wembley Stadium. In the following season, in 2014/15, Derby finished eighth and missed out on a play-off place by just one point.
After leaving Derby by mutual agreement in May 2015, he was appointed as Newcastle United’s Head Coach and oversaw 31 games before departing in May 2016.
Chris Powell was appointed as Derby County’s Assistant Manager towards the end of May 2016.
Born in Lambeth, London, Powell began his playing career at non-league side Epsom & Ewell in the mid-1980s – however his time with the Salts lasted just a season as he joined Crystal Palace as trainee in 1986.
With chances at Palace limited, Powell was sent out on loan to Aldershot in 1990 – where he made 11 appearances - before moving to Essex-based club Southend United on a free transfer later that year.
Powell’s time at Southend proved to be a very fruitful spell after the left-back made just under 250 appearances for the Shrimpers and was a regular feature in the club’s rise from the third tier to the first through consecutive promotions.
He remained with Southend for six seasons until in 1996, an offer of £750,000 saw Powell transfer to Jim Smith’s promotion-chasing Derby County. Powell slotted into the Rams side seamlessly and made 19 appearances during the remainder of the 1995/96 season, helping the Rams to automatic promotion to the then-named Premiership.
After making 101 appearances for Derby in all competitions and winning Player of the Year in 1996/97, he joined Charlton Athletic in 1998 but was unable to save the Addicks from relegation to the First Division. The following season, in 1998/99, saw a change in fortunes for both Powell and Charlton as the Addicks gained promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Following promotion, Powell added to his existing top-level experience with Charlton, making 122 appearances between 2000 and 2004. It was a time that proved to be successful not just for his club career, but also internationally after he was picked for his England debut at the age of 31 by Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2001.
Shortly after the start of the 2004/05 season, Powell landed a move to local club West Ham United and played a significant part in the Hammer’s promotion winning campaign back to the Premier League via the play-offs at the end of the campaign. Powell’s stint at Upton Park lasted only a season, though, after he was unable to agree a new contract with club and subsequently moved back to Charlton on a one-year deal in the summer of 2005.
After serving a further year at the Valley, Powell moved to newly-promoted and experience-seeking Watford in 2006 – before he moved back to Charlton for a third time and made his final appearance for the club against Coventry in 2008 on the final day of the season.
During the close season of 2008, Powell trained with League Two side Bournemouth on a trial basis before opting to move to League One outfit Leicester City on a six-month contract - which was eventually extended until the end of the season as they were promoted as Champions.
In 2009, Powell signed a contract to become a player-coach. He announced that in 2010 that he would hang up his boots. His final professional game was, ironically, against Derby at the iPro Stadium on 27th March 2010 – bringing down the curtain a playing career that saw him make 763 appearances in club football and score eight times, as well as making five international appearances for England.
Prior to hanging up his boots, Powell acted as the Chairman of the Professional Footballer’s Association for five years and is a graduate of the LMA Certificate of Applied Management of Warwick University.
Having being retained on the coaching staff following the appointment of two different managers, Powell remained with Leicester until January 2011 before deciding to take up the role of manager at his former club, Charlton Athletic.
While his managerial debut with the Addicks began with a mid-table finish, in the summer of 2011, Powell signed 19 new players and lead Charlton to the League One title in his first full season in charge – a feat which saw him win the Manager of the Month on three occasions and also the LMA Manager of the Year.
The following season, Powell lead Charlton to a respectable 9th place finish in the Championship and the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup, before he was relieved of his duties in March 2014.
On the 3rd September 2014, Powell was unveiled as the new manager of Huddersfield Town and Powell guided the side to 16th place in the Championship before leaving the John Smith’s Stadium in November 2015, after nine months in charge.
First Team Coach
Kevin Phillips joined Derby County's coaching staff in September 2015.
The former England international striker joined Derby from Barclays Premier League side Leicester City, where he acted as first team coach under Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri.
Phillips, 42, scored 287 goals in 665 professional appearances during his 20-year playing career, which included nine and a half seasons playing Premier League football and featuring eight times for his country.
Phillips’ professional playing career began in 1994, when he joined First Division Watford from Baldock Town before, after three years at Vicarage Road, he joined Sunderland in 1997.
He scored 35 times in 48 appearances in his first season with the Black Cats, followed by 25 in 32 outings as he helped fire Sunderland to the top flight in 1998/99.
Phillips took to the Premiership like a duck to water, scoring an impressive 30 goals in 36 league appearances in the 1999/2000 campaign. As a result, he became the first Englishman to receive the European Golden Shoe, as well as the Premiership Golden Boot and Player of the Season Awards.
Phillips remained a regular on the scoresheet during the next three seasons at the Stadium of Light before moving to Southampton, where he was a trainee in his early years, in 2003.
His next three moves were all to West Midlands clubs, Aston Villa (2005/06), West Bromwich Albion (2006/07 & 2007/08) and Birmingham City (2008/09, 2009/10 & 2010/11) before rounding of his playing days with Blackpool (2011/12 & 2012/13), Crystal Palace (2012/13 & 2013/14) and eventually Leicester City (2013/14) at the age of 40.
In total he scored 250 league goals with FA Cup, League Cup, Play-Off and European matches making up his final total.
During his career, he achieved promotion to the top flight on five occasions, with Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Leicester City - as well as lifting the League Cup whilst at Birmingham.
Early in 2015, Phillips received the Tom Finney Award at the annual Football League Awards to mark his achievements in Football League competitions.
Pascal Zuberbühler became the club’s goalkeeping coach in late June 2015.
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.
Darren Wassall has been in charge of the Academy at Derby County since April 2009.
During his tenure as Academy Director, a number of players have progressed through the ranks into the first-team set-up including Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Hanson, 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.
He served as Caretaker Manager for one game in the 2013/14 season and also stepped up to the role of Head Coach in February 2016 until the end of the season, guiding the team to a play-off spot.
Wassall featured over 120 times for the Rams, after being brought to the Club by Arthur Cox.
He joined Derby 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.
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).