Derby County appoint former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson on three-year deal

  • Nigel Pearson has been named the new Derby County manager
  • The former Leicester City boss has signed a three-year deal at the iPro
  • Former Huddersfield manager Chris Powell will be Pearson's assistant

Nigel Pearson has ended his 11-month absence from football by signing a three-year deal to take charge of Derby County.

The former Leicester City manager will be joined by Chris Powell as his assistant and tasked with finding a path into the Premier League.

Sportsmail understands Derby believe Pearson can provide the required inspiration for the current squad without the need for another summer of heavy investment. The club spent in the region of £20million last year but for the third season in succession failed to gain promotion, losing to Hull in the play-off semi finals.  

Nigel Pearson has been appointed the new Derby County manager on a three-year deal

Nigel Pearson has been appointed the new Derby County manager on a three-year deal

Former Huddersfield and Charlton manager Chris Powell will be Pearson's assistant

Former Huddersfield and Charlton manager Chris Powell will be Pearson's assistant

Pearson was sacked by Leicester last June despite engineering a remarkable escape against relegation, having also won two promotions at the club. His last campaign in the Championship ended with Leicester going up as champions on 102 points and many of the players brought in by Pearson won the Premier League title this season.

The 52-year-old has been in contention for the Aston Villa job, becoming the preferred candidate of chairman Steve Hollis, but the takeover by Tony Xia changed the landscape.

Pearson has now taken up the challenge of getting Derby promoted after three agonising failures in succession. Pearson said: 'I am honoured to be named as manager of Derby County, which is one of the biggest clubs in the country, a club in excellent shape and one with strong ambitions. It is firmly focused on achieving Premier League football.

'I will give absolutely everything I have to this role and do all I can to bring exciting, entertaining and winning football which our supporters can be proud of.’  

Pearson was sacked by Leicester a year ago despite engineering a remarkable escape against relegation

Pearson was sacked by Leicester a year ago despite engineering a remarkable escape against relegation

Pearson will be reunited with Powell, the former Charlton and Huddersfield manager, with the pair first working together at Leicester in August 2008. Pearson handed Powell his first coaching role a year later and, as revealed by Sportsmail in Apirl, has long wanted to bring him onto his staff given Craig Shakespeare’s decision to stay at the King Power Stadium. Interim manager Darren Wassall has now returned to his role as head of Derby’s academy. 

Derby owner Mel Morris said: 'We are delighted to welcome Nigel to the club. He is a proven winner, a highly experienced manager who has track record of success in the Championship and has also coached successfully in the Premier League.

'Following the culmination of the season, we conducted a full review of all playing matters and began our recruitment process. This structured approach has provided us with the opportunity to consider all options and I am grateful to all those managers who were interested in coming to Derby County.

Interim manager Darren Wassall has now returned to his former role as head of Derby's academy

Interim manager Darren Wassall has now returned to his former role as head of Derby's academy

'We believe Nigel is the perfect appointment and will build on the solid progress we have made in recent seasons but more importantly, will enable us to achieve our long-term objective of Premier League football.

'It is also great to have Chris Powell back at the football club as our Assistant Manager. Chris is a top quality coach and gave us excellent service as a player. He will join Kevin Phillips and Pascal Zuberbuhler in the first-team coaching set-up.' 

Morris added: 'I would like to place on record our thanks for the dedication and commitment Darren Wassall and his coaching staff have shown since taking over first team duties in February. His initial remit was to improve team performance and ensure the club qualified for the end of season play-offs.’

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