Derby County: Carlo Ancelotti in constant contact - Paul Clement

Clement enjoying being number one

Derby County boss Paul Clement says he can rely on Carlo Ancelotti for advice now that he has moved into management.

Clement, a long-time assistant to the Italian, won the Champions League with Ancelotti at Real Madrid in 2013.

The ex-PE teacher's first game in charge is against Bolton on Saturday.

"I've spoken to him after all the pre-season games and it was interesting because when I was alongside him he was receiving calls after every game from Arrigo Sacchi," Clement said.

"I can't see that my relationship won't be too different to that, where he is calling me and telling me 'why did you do that?' and 'why did you do this?' and 'what is your team for the weekend?'"

Clement's time as Ancelotti's assistant
Former Sutton PE teacher Paul Clement worked as Carlo Ancelotti's number two at Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid. At Real, he was part of a coaching team that also included Zinedine Zidane.
During that time, Clement worked with some of the biggest names in world football including Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ancelotti has backed the Englishman to be a success with the Championship club and Clement is determined to distinguish himself in management, having taken over as Derby head coach in June following the sacking of former England boss Steve McClaren.

"Your reputation can get you to a certain point but then you have to show you can stand on your own two feet," Clement told BBC East Midlands Today.

"I have had some fantastic experiences, particularly over the last six years working as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at some fantastic clubs. Fortunately we were very successful, but it is the next step in my career path and the one I am most excited about.

"I feel ready now to go on my own and I'm really looking forward to the first game. I know it is the first season and there is going to be good times and difficult times, but I like to think I am as ready as a I can be."

Clement, who also previously worked under ex-Netherlands manager Guus Hiddink at Chelsea, said he will make the most of his high-profile connections in the game.

"I will be leaning on them for advice, particularly during difficult times," Clement continued.

"I have got good support pathways, both here at the club, but also around football as well."