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Northern Ireland international Chris Baird loses Derby captaincy in wake of Clement sacking

By Staff Reporter

Chris Baird has had the Derby County captaincy taken away from him, just 24 hours after the club sacked manager Paul Clement.

Northern Ireland international Baird  was one of Clement's first signings after he took charge of the Rams last summer and he immediately handed him the captain's armband.

Now, however, Republic of Ireland defender Richard Keogh has been re-appointed as Derby skipper by Head Coach Darren Wassall, who was promoted in the wake of Clement's dismissal.

It appears that the decision was made due to Baird's absence from the starting line-up.

The 33-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular place in the team in recent months, despite previously being an automatic choice at the start of the season.

In contrast 29-year-old Keogh has been an ever-present so far this season, appearing in all 30 league games at the heart of the defence and he returns to the role after previously captaining the team during the last three seasons.

Baird and Keogh are international regulars and will almost certainly be in their respective squads at this summer's Euro 2016 finals in France.

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