McClaren reappointed Derby County boss ahead of clash with Leeds United

Steve McClaren.
Steve McClaren.
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Steve McClaren has been named Derby County’s new manager – just 72 hours before Leeds United’s visit to Pride Park.

The former England boss has made his comeback to the iPro Stadium 17 months after leaving and has signed a deal until 2018.

McClaren has replaced Nigel Pearson after he left last week following a suspension and club investigation into his conduct last month.

Chris Powell had been in caretaker charge and had been tipped to get the job before McClaren emerged as a candidate today.

Powell will remain as assistant manager with first-team coach Kevin Phillips and goalkeeping coach Pascal Zuberbuhler also staying at the club.

“I am excited to be back at Derby County as the club’s manager,” said McClaren.

“I have a great affiliation with the club, having been here on three previous occasions, and I am really delighted at the prospect of finishing what we started back in September 2013.

“I regret how my time at Derby ended back in 2015 and I am very motivated to put things right for the club and our supporters.

“My ultimate aspiration remains exactly what it was before, to take Derby County back to the Premier League.”

Seventeen months on, McClaren will be back in the dug-out as United and Derby clash at Pride Park on Saturday.

He was spotted at Elland Road during Leeds’ 2-1 Championship win over Blackburn Rovers last month.