Steve McClaren "thrilled" to take on challenge as Derby County manager

QPR assistant coach Steve McClaren during a friendly match against Exeter on July 11, 2013
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Steve McClaren says that he is "thrilled" to become the new manager at Derby County following Nigel Clough's dismissal.

New Derby County manager Steve McClaren has expressed his excitement about taking on a new "challenge" at Pride Park.

The 52-year-old was appointed as the Championship outfit's new head coach following the dismissal of Nigel Clough on Saturday.

The former England boss, who played and became an assistant boss at Derby, heads into the job following a coaching stint with Queens Park Rangers.

"I've always followed Derby County because I played, I was an assistant [here]," McClaren said in a press conference. "It was one of them you always think in the back of your head, 'I'd love to manage that club one day'.

"The opportunity came very quickly, I had no hesitation. To come here, I'm thrilled, excited, I think its a big challenge ahead. We're here for two and a half years and we want to make developments, fill this stadium, get the fans excited. They're the most important people at this football club."

McClaren will watch tonight's clash against Ipswich Town from the stands.

Steve McClaren before an England training session in November 2007.
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