Derby County's Steve McClaren: 'Promotion a long way off'

QPR assistant coach Steve McClaren during a friendly match against Exeter on July 11, 2013
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New Derby County head coach Steve McClaren sets his sights on challenging for promotion but admits that it is a "long way off".

New Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has set out his aim to challenge for promotion from the Championship, but admits that it is a "long way off".

Former England boss McClaren, who was confirmed as Nigel Clough's replacement at the helm of the Rams today, said that he had two-and-a-half years to achieve the goal.

"Getting into the playoffs, challenging getting into the top two and getting into the Premier League. Of course that's the ambition but that's a long way off," the 52-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"We've still got to assess what we have here. They have excellent young players that play a great style of football.

"Nigel has done a great job in that respect and we are coming in here and we have to develop that. That's our job and we have two and a half years to do it."

McClaren will watch from the stands when Derby host Ipswich Town tomorrow night before taking full charge against Leeds United on Saturday.

Steve McClaren before an England training session in November 2007.
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