Chris Powell in pole position to become next Derby County manager as Pearson remains suspended
Steve McClaren is set to become the next manager of Derby County after it emerged that the former Rams manager was back at the iPro Stadium on Wednesday for an interview with club owner Mel Morris. It had been thought that Chris Powell would be promoted from caretaker boss to the permanent position, although it now seems as though McClaren will get another bite of the cherry.
McClaren was manager of Newcastle United last season and the Magpies’ season was a train crash under the former England manager, with the Tyneside club giving him his marching orders after a lot of money was spent to little or no effect. However, Derby are prepared to overlook that bad spell and reflect that he was largely responsible for bringing about good entertaining and largely winning football during his first stint at the club.
Chris Powell is currently in caretaker charge of Derby County and it looked increasingly likely that the popular figure was going to be promoted to the permanent position at the iPro Stadium. However, it appears that Powell will instead remain part of the coaching staff.
Nigel Pearson has been suspended by the Midlands club after an altercation with owner Mel Morris and it appears there is no way back for a combative figure who has failed to get a tune out of a Rams squad bulging with talent.
Morris and Pearson fell out before County’s trip to Cardiff, with Powell taking the reins and seeing his Derby team win 2-0. They then came within a whisker of winning at Reading before the Royals managed a late equaliser.
The situation with Pearson needs ironing out before a permanent successor can be appointed and Powell can effectively demonstrate that he’s the right man for the job in the interim. Powell has the respect of the players and no little experience from managing Charlton and Huddersfield.
Morris is failing to get things right with his appointments so far. Paul Clement was given little time as manager last season, Darren Wassall wasn’t the answer and now Pearson has gone despite arriving to the acclaim of the club’s owner.
There are likely to be lots of interested parties in the vacant role at the iPro Stadium although the Daily Mirror are among those outlets reporting that it’s Powell’s job to lose.