Following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti earlier in this week, assistant manager Paul Clement has announced he is leaving Real Madrid. It was widely expected that Clement would follow the Italian coach out of Madrid after his sacking on Monday. The assistant manager took to Twitter on Friday to confirm his departure.
“It has been an honour to have worked with Carlo at the Number 1 Club in the World,” he wrote. “Thank you to all the Players, Staff and Fans. Hala Madrid.”
Clement had previously worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea and Paris St-Germain before the duo moved to the Spanish capital in 2013. Their successful works led Madrid to their 10th Champions League title last season.
Clement is the favorite to replace former England coach Steve McClaren at Derby but has also been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Sunderland. Dick Advocaat of Sunderland left his role as the head coach on Wednesday (27/5) after guiding the Premier League side to safety this season.
The vacancy at Derby came about when McClaren was dismissed on Monday after a disastrous final two months of the campaign. “We will work very quickly to draw up a shortlist, which is one I don’t expect to be particularly long,” chief executive Derby County Sam Rush said.
“We have already had contact from a number of individuals that believe they can take Derby County forward. We will whittle the shortlist down as quickly as we can but it is important to say that we will not be rushed into a decision.”
Paul Clement is expected to become the Derby County manager as the Championship club move swiftly to appoint Steve McClaren’s successor and build a team capable of winning promotion to the Premier League next season.
There is a feeling, however, that Clement would prefer to take his first job as a manager at Championship level and that Derby are much more advanced in their pursuit of the 43-year-old.
Ancelotti, dismissed by the Spanish giants this week, has described Clement as “one of the most dynamic and intelligent coaches” he has worked with.
Clement is a sought-after coach and he has been eyed by a number of clubs in recent years. Chelsea won the Premier League and FA Cup Double under the pair in 2009-10 and PSG the French title in 2012-13 before the duo moved to Real Madrid.