08:00 Wednesday 04 December 2013

Steve McClaren is behind move to make Pride Park's South Stand 'home'

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

DELS20131109E-083_C.JPG Picture: Lucy Shaw.Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.Picture shows Derby County Head Coach Steve McClaren DELS20131109E-083_C.JPG Picture: Lucy Shaw.Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.Picture shows Derby County Head Coach Steve McClaren

DERBY County are making progress in their bid to turn the South Stand at Pride Park into a ‘home fans only’ stand.

Supporters are backing the idea and head coach Steve McClaren is also in favour of housing Derby fans behind the goal and moving away fans to the South East Corner of the stadium.

Rams fans currently fill part of the South Stand on matchdays after around 2,000 season-ticket holders relocated at the beginning of the season.

The move has improved the atmosphere and the club is keen to take the relocation a step further.

This would mean moving away fans.

A letter was sent to 3,800 Derby fans that would be affected as a result of the potential move a few weeks ago and the feedback, via an online survey, showed that 98 per cent of fans were in favour of the Rams pressing ahead with their plans.

The club are now awaiting formal approval from the Safety Advisory Group and Derby City Council.

McClaren is fully behind the plans, as was former Rams manager Nigel Clough.

“We have got to move the away fans into the corner a little bit and get our supporters behind the goal,” said McClaren.

“The club is working on that and that’s great because that home support is so, so important.”

McClaren recalls how Sheffield Wednesday were given a helping hand by their 3,700 fans in the most recent game at Pride Park.

“I thought, especially first half, it was a big advantage to Sheffield Wednesday that their fans were right behind them and so vocal,” said McClaren.

“It kept them going.

“It reminded me a little bit of when we went to Watford and QPR when our fans were behind the goal, and they were vocal and fantasic.”

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