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Derby sack coach McClaren after not gaining promotion

AFP, LONDON

England head coach Steve McClaren reacts during a training session at Carrington in Manchester, England, on Aug. 30, 2006.

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Former England soccer manager Steve McClaren has been sacked as Derby County’s head coach, the Championship side announced on Monday.

McClaren, who took charge at the iPro Stadium in September 2013, has paid the price for failing to lead Derby into the English Premier League in his two seasons in charge.

The Rams looked on course for promotion this season as they led the second-tier table in March, but a wretched run of form saw them finish eighth and miss out on a playoff place.

“Derby County have terminated the contract of head coach Steve McClaren with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s Web site read.

McClaren, who has also managed Middlesbrough, FC Twente, VfL Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest, had been strongly linked with the Newcastle United job earlier this season.

The 54-year-old reportedly turned down the chance to join Newcastle because he wanted to lead Derby to promotion, but his dismissal could see him back in the frame for the St James’ Park post if interim chief John Carver is dismissed.

Asked if he was surprised to be sacked, McClaren made it clear he felt let down by Derby’s owners.

“I’m very disappointed with the decision, especially as I have on three occasions reiterated my commitment to Derby County Football Club,” McClaren said.

“I do not believe or accept that rumors linking me to the Newcastle United job were a factor in the team’s performances this year, as had been alleged. I wanted to remain with the club and was confident in leading the side to a successful season next year,” he added.

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