Kevin Phillips

Assistant expected to remain at Derby

The Derby Telegraph understands that Kevin Phillips is expected to remain on the coaching staff at Derby County. The assistant coach was brought to the club by head coach Paul Clement, who was surprisingly relieved on his duties yesterday.

First-team coach John Peacock and Head of Tactical Analysis David Burke both left the club yesterday along with Clement. Phillips is expected to assist Academy Director David Wassall, who will run first-team affairs for the remainder of the season.

This weekend the Rams entertain MK Dons as they look to end their winless run from extending and to begin life post-Clement on a winning front. They sit fifth in the Championship and firmly in the promotion picture, which will come to a climax in a few months’ time.

42-year-old Phillips was brought to the club in September of last year and has quickly established himself as a popular and highly-regarded member of the coaching team at Derby.

The Sunderland legend and 8-cap England international previously made steps into coaching with Leicester City, where he was appointed as first-team coach under Nigel Pearson. In the aftermath of Clement’s sacking, many had identified Phillips as a potential long-term replacement for him. He looks set to stay with the club for the remainder of the season at the very least, but his long-term future could all depend on the thoughts of Chairman Mel Morris.

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