McClaren pleased to welcome Round to Derby on a part-time basis on the coaching staff.

McClaren pleased to welcome Round to Derby on a part-time basis on the coaching staff.

Steve McClaren says that Derby County’s players can only benefit from the opportunity to work alongside Steve Round – who has linked up with the Club on a part-time basis.

Round began his playing career at Derby in the early 1990s as a full-back and made nine first-team appearances.

He was forced to retire from the game early and moved into coaching, where he worked alongside popular former Rams boss Jim Smith.

44-year-old Round’s part-time role will see him work with Derby’s coaching staff once or twice a week.

Round has worked on the coaching staff at the likes of Manchester United, Everton, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and England, working alongside McClaren at both club and international level in the past.

He has been out of work since leaving Manchester United towards the end of last season, where he was working as assistant to David Moyes.

McClaren offered Round the part-time role last month and believes he will help provide ‘individual attention’ on the training field as Derby enter the second half of the 2014/15 season.

He told “Steve Round is out of work at the present moment and he is a top coach.

“He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a big asset as well.

“We’ve invited him once or twice a week to come in and help us on the training pitch and work with individuals.

“At the present moment myself, Paul Simpson and Eric Steele work with the first-team, while Lee Glover and Steve Taylor oversee the Under 21s, so we felt that sometimes we need some more ‘individual attention’.

“Bringing Roundy in once or twice a week can help us do that and we hope that he helps grow what we already have.”

He added: “We’re all here to help the players and if I can bring anybody in to help them in terms of coaching or off the field aspects, we’ll do that.

“We have a great opportunity with Steve coming in and we believe he can help us as we aim to achieve our goals this season.”

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