Soccer – Derby focus not on promotion


Chairman Mel Morris says that returning to the Premier League is not the primary target for Derby County this season, with the Rams 6/5 with Bet365 to be promoted.

Morris was speaking after he and the Rams board decided to axe head coach Paul Clement and place academy director Darren Wassall in charge until the end of the season, with County currently fifth in the Championship table, five points behind the top two.
And Morris was at pains to confirm that returning to the English top-flight for next season is not top priority for the Derby hierarchy, telling the club’s official website: “When Paul joined us last year we worked with him to develop a plan for the club which we asked him to embrace.
“It was clear in this plan that promotion this season was not the primary target.
“The priorities were building on the Derby way and style of football enjoyed in the past two seasons, adding depth and strength to our playing squad and developing and improving player and team performance.
“Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we decided to part company with Paul.”