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Steve McClaren: I'll take Derby to the top

By Robert Jones

Steve McClaren has pledged to guide Derby to the top flight after returning as the club's new manager - just 17 months following his sacking.

The former England boss has signed a deal until 2018.

McClaren has replaced Nigel Pearson after he left last week following a suspension and club investigation into his conduct last month.

"I am excited to be back at Derby County as the club's manager," he said.

"I have a great affiliation with the club, having been here on three previous occasions, and I am really delighted at the prospect of finishing what we started in 2013," he added.

"I regret how my time at Derby ended back in 2015 and I am very motivated to put things right for the club and our supporters.

"My ultimate aspiration remains exactly what it was before, to take Derby County back to the Premier League."

Chris Powell had been in caretaker charge and had been tipped to get the job before McClaren emerged as a candidate.

Powell will remain as assistant manager.

McClaren was sacked by Derby after two years in charge in May 2015 and took over at Newcastle the following month before being axed in March with the Magpies on the brink of relegation from the Premie League.

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