STEVE McClaren will this week begin the job of plotting a promotion charge at Derby County after taking over the reins at Pride Park.
The 52-year-old was appointed head coach of the Rams tonight after the surprise sacking of manager Nigel Clough.
Derby moved quickly to replace Clough after the 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with McClaren arriving at Pride Park yesterday lunchtime and agreeing terms shortly afterwards.
He has been joined by ex-Rams winger Paul Simpson as first-team coach and Eric Steele, who also played for the club, as goalkeeping coach.
McClaren, who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, is the 28th manager in the club’s history and inherits a financially stable situation following Clough’s near five-year reign.
The former England manager was due to face the media at 9am today to set out his ambitions for the club, with chief executive Sam Rush targeting a place in the top six.
Club academy chief Darren Wassall will take charge for tonight’s home match with Ipswich Town at Pride Park, kick-off 7.45pm.