Paul Clement: Derby County manager targets Premier League

Paul Clement
Paul Clement has undertaken his first managerial role with Derby

Derby County head coach Paul Clement has targeted promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club.

Former Real Madrid assistant Clement was named Rams boss in June following the sacking of Steve McClaren.

Derby finished eighth in the Championship last season under former manager McClaren, having won only one of their final 13 fixtures.

"We know what our goal is and that's to get promotion as soon as possible," Clement told BBC Radio Derby.

"This is mine and the new group's first shot at it and we'll be pushing hard.

"But we also know it's a very competitive league and I don't think it'll be too different to last season when there were eight teams up there pushing.

"There's no reason why it won't be like that again, we've just got to make sure that we're in the mix."

Derby's summer signings
Darren Bent - Aston Villa - FreeAlex Pearce - Reading - Free
Andreas Weimann - Aston Villa - UndisclosedScott Carson - Wigan - Undisclosed
Chris Baird - West Brom - FreeTom Ince - Hull City - £4.75m
Jason Shackell - Burnley - Undisclosed

Meanwhile, Clement has revealed that Northern Ireland international defender Chris Baird has been named Derby captain for the upcoming season.

Baird, 33, signed for the Rams in June following his release by Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

"The players were unfortunate the last couple of seasons and obviously the boss has come in added extra quality to the squad," Baird added.

"I know it's not going to be easy - it's never easy in this league - but my expectation is to be up and pushing for that top position."

Chris Baird Derby County
New Derby County captain Chris Baird made 24 appearances for Premier League side West Brom last season

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