Derby County pre-season plans suit boss Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough

Manager Nigel Clough says Derby County's pre-season plans to stay in the UK will give his side the best preparation for the new season.

The Rams play friendlies with Burton, Mansfield, Northampton, Colchester, Sunderland and Chesterfield.

Clough told the club's website: external-link"We have got a beautiful training ground and beautiful parks around us. We are very fortunate.

"We will have a few days away together and that is all. We won't go abroad."

Of the six pre-season matches, Derby's only home friendly is against Sunderland on Wednesday, 8 August.

"We are happy that we are staying in the UK again as part of our preparations for next season," added Clough.

"Climate is certainly a major factor. You can go to the majority of Europe or the United States and it is extremely warm at this time of year.

"You are limited at what you can do and the times you can do it."