Derby County sit in 5th place in the Championship table, but earlier this week they surprisingly sacked Paul Clement after just eight months at the helm.

Clement was appointed as the club’s head coach in June 2015, when he signed a three year deal. Derby Count owner Mel Morris has said that Paul Clement was sacked because he has a “short term view”.

The club were quick to appoint a replacement, with academy manager Darren Wassall the job until the end of the season.

Rumours are flying around about who’s going to be the manager of the Rams for the next season. Nigel Pearson, David Moyes, and Gary Rowett have emerged as the early favourites in the betting for the role. Here, we take a look at the bookies’ top five favourites:

Nigel Pearson 3/1 

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The former Leicester City boss has a good reputation at Championship level. He carried the Foxes to promotion two seasons ago, before masterminding them to the great escape last season. He has been unemployed since being sacked in May, and will see the Rams as a perfect opportunity to enhance his strong reputation.

David Moyes 4/1 

A manager with plenty of Premiership pedigree, David Moyes has been unemployed since he was fired at Spanish club Real Sociedad. The former Everton and Man United manager was spotted in the stands at Craven Cottage during Derby’s 1-1 draw with Fulham last weekend, but has apparently ruled himself out of the running. A man who knows what it takes to be successful at just one club (Everton), David Moyes could be the man to finally see Derby promoted back to the Premiership.

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Gary Rowett 6/1

The young English manager has attracted plenty of attention from big clubs following his work at Burton Albion and Birmingham. Currently the Birmingham manager, Rowett is a former player at Derby County, and would be welcomed with open arms but the Rams’ faithful. He appeared over 100 times for Derby at what was then known as Pride park, and should the opportunity arise, Rowett could be the man to end Derby’s long stay in the Championship.

Brendan Rodgers 8/1

The former Liverpool and Swansea manager has already turned down five offers from Premiership clubs following his sacking at Anfield. He has hinted that he may not want a job at a “big club” so could Derby County be the club for him? He knows what it takes to get promoted, and he did so with Swansea City on their rise to the Premiership. Being former manager of Liverpool, he knows what pressure feels like, and with expectations high at the iPro stadium, there will certainly be a lot of pressure on whoever takes over at the helm.

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Garry Monk 10/1

Whilst many consider Garry Monk to be inexperienced in the managerial world, his performance last season as manager of Swansea caught a lot of eyes. He was sacked earlier this season though with the Welsh side in a relegation battle. Proven to be a one club man after his time at Swansea, Monk has demonstrated his loyalty, and could be the right man to fulfil owner Morris’ wish for a long-term investment in a manager.

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