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Derby confirm Clough departure

ESPN staff
September 28, 2013
Nigel Clough had been in charge of Derby since January 2009 © PA Photos

Derby County have announced the sacking of manager Nigel Clough, stating their search for a replacement is "well underway".

Clough, previously the longest serving manager in the Championship having joined County in January 2009, saw his ten-man side lose 1-0 at bitter rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday thanks to a Jack Hobbs header.

However, following successive defeats to Reading and Forest either side of their League Cup exit to Leicester City, the club issued a statement on their official website to confirm Clough's departure.

"Derby County have this evening announced that they have parted company with manager Nigel Clough with immediate effect," the statement said.

"The club would like to place on record their thanks to him for his tireless efforts to bring stability to Derby County, and his hard work and dedication throughout his tenure.

"However, after much consideration, the board feel it is time to move Derby County forward to the next level, which will necessitate a comprehensive review of the club's football operations. The ownership group remain steadfastly committed to the club and maintain their desire to compete at the top end of the SkyBet Championship this season.

"The search is well underway to identifying and appointing a successor, and further announcements will be made in due course. The club would also like to take this opportunity to wish Nigel Clough well for the future."

Derby currently reside 14th in the Championship table with 11 points from their nine games, earned from three wins and two draws.

They are one of few clubs to have been managed by both father and son - the late Brian Clough was at the helm for six years until he resigned in 1973.

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