McClaren does the business at half-time
‘Schteeve’ may have lost the accent but he managed to make a huge impact on Derby County last night – 24 hours before officially becoming their new manager.
October 2nd, 2013
The Championship side, whose point yesterday was their first in a fortnight, came from 4-1 down at half-time in a home game against Ipswich Town to draw 4-4, with Craig Bryson netting twice; his second two minutes before time. The Rams have not yet won at home this season.
And it’s believed that McClaren can be credited with giving the side the turnaround they needed. Though he watched the first half from the stands, his new first-team coach Paul Simpson appeared on the touchline to advise caretaker boss Darren Wassall; Derby’s game saw a near-immediate improvement.
Then, as the half-time whistle blew, McClaren made his way down to the dressing room to have a word with the players; he also apparently suggested two subs for the second half.
This was what really got County firing on all cylinders and, with two minutes remaining Bryson struck to make it 4-4; earning the Rams a point and leaving chief Tractor Boy Mick McCarthy shaking his head at his side’s collapse.
This is the former England manager’s third spell with Derby; after promotion-winning seasons as player and assistant manager in 1987 and 1996 he rejoins a side that is now 14th in the Championship table. His oversized umbrella made no comment as McClaren’s time at the helm of the Rams begins, for real, right now.