Derby County are pleased to confirm the appointment of Chris Evans in the position of Technical Director.

Evans, 54, previously held the position of Head of Football Operations with the Rams between November 2013 and September 2015.

During that time, he headed up Derby’s scouting and recruitment teams and also formed a strong working relationship with Steve McClaren as the Rams reached the 2014 Play-Off Final.

As a result of McClaren’s return to the club earlier this month, Evans will once again provide key operational support to the Derby boss.

Talking about Evans’ return to Derby, McClaren said: “I’m delighted to welcome Chris Evans back to Derby County.

“We worked extremely well together during my previous spell here. The set-up that we implemented worked well and I felt it was important that we brought Chris back to continue the job that we started.

“As I said when he joined us in 2013, he has a vast amount of knowledge and experience, which are just some of the impressive qualities that Chris has.

“When Chris joined, he worked tirelessly to set up our scouting and recruitment department. It was a huge challenge and I very much enjoyed working with him.”

Derby County’s President & Chief Executive Sam Rush said: “Chris will work closely with Chairman Mel Morris, myself and our manager Steve McClaren.

“Steve had an excellent working relationship with Chris when he was with us under Steve’s last spell in charge and I am certain that they will pick up very quickly where they left off before.”

Following the confirmation of his appointment, Evans said: “I am excited to be returning to the club again. It was an honour and privilege to have represented Derby County previously and the feeling is exactly the same this time around.

“Steve McClaren is a very talented coach and manager who I hold in the highest regard. Mel Morris is a most impressive and inspirational man and I want to be a part of his vision for the club. I have so much respect for Sam Rush and all his achievements. It is evidently clear for all to see that he is, like Mel and Steve, Derby County through and through.

“I look forward to supporting them in our quest to bring sustained success to the club.”

Evans, who played for Arsenal, Stoke City, York City and Darlington during his playing career, has gained significant off-the-field experience over the past 30 years.

He held a number of senior football positions, prior to linking up with the Rams, at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday.

As well as working as a coach, he also has experience of working as a head of recruitment, academy manager, performance director, assistant manager and caretaker manager.

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