As reported by the ​Daily Mirror, ​Derby County are pursuing the services of highly-regarded English manager Gary Rowett after sacking manager Steve McClaren on Sunday night.


Derby hope to beat Championship rivals Norwich City to the signature of Rowett with the Canaries also relieving manager Alex Neil of his services this weekend as well.


Rowett, 43, has had great success in his only two management jobs so far at both Burton Albion and Birmingham City


He was particularly unlucky to lose his job at Birmingham where since his departure the club have gone from being in the playoff conversation to fighting off relegation in a matter of months.

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Derby's 3-0 loss to title chasing Brighton was the last straw for former England national team manager Steve McClaren. 


This result left the Rams only recording one win in their last nine games leaving them ten points off the playoff spots.


This run of results, including Friday's loss, has left Derby County owner Mel Morris fuming with the side's inability to challenge at the top of the league.


Along with McClaren, his assistant Chris Powell and the club's technical director Chris Evans have also been removed from their posts as a part of owner Morris' shake-up.


Morris reportedly intended a club makeover in the summer, but has brought it forward due to the club's poor results.

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The club staff are not the only ones who could suffer from the makeover as Morris is also very upset with the players, who in his eyes have under-performed, after sanctioning a high wage bill for the players this season.  


Some of the players who are reportedly under threat include Abdoul Camara, Matej Vydra, Jason Shackell and Nick Blackman who now all face likely summer exits.


The list of players may also include former golden boy Will Hughes who despite all his potential has not played up to those standards and may be scarified by the club.

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Morris is desperate to get the club to the Premier League, but cannot simply pump money into the club due to Financial Fair Play rules.


The removal of club director Evans came after the club failed to secure any of their transfer targets in this past January's transfer window including a loan move for former Ram Chris Martin from Fulham.


Moves for Henri Lansbury, Yanic Wildschut and Bakary Sako also failed to materialise.

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