Manager Clough extends contract with Derby

Derby County manager Nigel Clough has signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him at Pride Park until 2015. The Championship high flyers have also tied down important back room staff members Martin Taylor, Gary Crosby, Johnny Metgod and Andy Garner to long term deals.

Although making a fairly inauspicious start to life with the Rams after his move from Burton Albion in 2009, the current campaign so far has seen a significant upturn in fortunes with the club well placed in the Championship playoff positions.

Such was his recent success that Clough was heavily linked with the Nottingham Forest hot seat after their East Midland rivals dispensed with the services of Steve McClaren earlier this month. With that position now filled by Steve Cotterill, Clough and his backroom staff have moved quickly to dispel any further rumours of a move away:

“We are all delighted that our futures have been sorted out and that we have the opportunity to continue the work of the last two-and-a-half years of trying to improve this club,” Clough told Derby’s official website.

“This new deal is not about any individual, it is about a collective effort from a group of people who have worked extremely hard to change the culture and mentality of the football side from top to bottom.

“We are seeing signs of improvement all the time now, at every level of the club, and we believe there are some good times ahead of us.

“Our commitment to Derby County has never been in question,” he added.

“We all love working here and care passionately about bringing success to supporters who have remained so loyal during some difficult times.

“There is nowhere else we would want to be.”

County, who will be rocked by the recent news that top scorer Steven Davies will be out for 12 weeks with a fractured skull sustained during the weekend’s draw with Southampton, next face Championship underachievers Reading in an evening kick off on Wednesday.

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