Derby County have appointed Nigel Pearson as their new manager as confirmed by their club website.

The Rams sacked their previous permanent head coach Paul Clement back in February after poor form dropped them out of the automatic promotion zone and academy director Darren Wassall took charge until the end of the season.

With the team failing in the play offs under Wassall, the East Midlands side decided to go in a different direction for their new permanent manager. Wassall has returned to his previous role.

Pearson has been a success in the Championship before having guided Leicester City to promotion as champions back in 2014. He was sacked as the head coach of the Foxes last season despite leading them on a miraculous escape from relegation last season.

But the ex Hull City man isn’t the only big name to join Derby as former Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell will be joining the club as his assistant manager.

Following his appointment, Pearson said: “I am honoured to be named as the Manager of Derby County, which is one of the biggest clubs in the country, a club in excellent shape and one with strong ambitions. It is firmly focused on achieving Premier League football.”

“I will give absolutely everything I have to this role and do all I can to bring exciting, entertaining and winning football which our supporters can be proud of.”

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