Derby plan talks with QPR coach McClaren

Steve McClaren looks set to hold talks with Derby over the vacant manager’s job at Pride Park.

The former England boss, who joined QPR’s coaching team on a short-term basis during the summer, is a strong contender to replace Nigel Clough.

Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis has also been linked with the position.

McClaren, 52, has played a vital part in Rangers’ excellent start to their Championship campaign following the club’s relegation last season.

With manager Harry Redknapp having undergone knee surgery, he had a key role on the training pitch during the all-important pre-season period in which the R’s squad was revamped.

Redknapp, who continues to be hampered by the injury, has told McClaren he would like him to stay at Loftus Road until the end of the season and assess his future then.

Clough was sacked by the Rams on Saturday following a defeat against East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

McClaren spent three years as a player at Derby and coached at the club before working as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United.

Since managing Middlesbrough and then England he has had spells in charge at FC Twente, Wolfsburg and Forest.

He has also been touted as a possible contender for the vacant manager’s job at Sunderland.



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