Derby County tonight sacked Manager Steve McClaren after just five months in charge in what was his second spell at the club.

McClaren was initially appointed for his second spell with the Rams in October 2016, but a wretched run of results in the Sky Bet Championship – which have led to their downfall to a current tenth position – means that the former England boss has been removed from his position.

The 55-year-old’s first venture as a manager was for Middlesbrough, with whom he lasted nearly five years with as well as winning the Carling Cup. During 250 games McClaren won 38.8% of his games before being appointed England boss in August 2006.

A win ratio of 50% with England suggested success with the national side, however, McClaren was sacked when the Three Lions failed to qualify for Euro 2008 following a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley.

McClaren took a twelve-month break following his departure as England boss, taking over at Dutch side FC Twente in June 2008. Things lasted slightly longer in the Netherlands, with the former Hull and Derby midfielder lasting two years with a 62.9% win ratio.

The former England boss worked with VFL Wolfsburg in Germany and Nottingham Forest between May 2010 and October 2011, before returning to FC Twente in January 2012.

McClaren’s first tenure with Derby began in September 2013. He managed the Rams 95 times, with a win ratio of 53.7%, however, a “thorough review of the 2014-15 season” led to the Board’s decision to terminate the then 54-year-old’s contract.

Following a brief spell with Newcastle United, McClaren returned once again to Derby in October 2016 for his second spell in three years. Disappointingly, his tenure was brought to a close with six points from the Rams’ last nine matches ultimately proving not good enough.


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