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Steve McCLaren looks to be the favourite for Derby job

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Derby County have enquired to QPR about the possibility of hiring coach Steve McClaren as their new manager.

McClaren, who played for Derby and assistant managed the side for four years until he answered Alex Ferguson's call to join him at Manchester United in 1999.

McClaren has enjoyed a cultured managerial, which started when he took the reins at Middlesbrough in 2001, where he won the League Cup in 2004 during a five year spell. He left there to start an ill-fated stint as England manager in 2006, but was sacked after they failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

His next job took him to Holland, where he guided FC Twente to the Dutch title in 2010, leaving there to join Wolfsburg. His time in Germany was short however, lasting less than a season before being sacked in February 2011.

He returned to England where ironically he managed Derby's rivals Nottingham Forest. His stay there was also short, resigning in October 2011.

Another spell at FC Twente followed last year, but he is currently a coach under Harry Redknapp at QPR, having joined the club over the summer.

Derby sacked Nigel Clough on Saturday after a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest. Clough had been at the club since 2009.

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