- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

DERBY, England (AP) - Former England coach Steve McClaren has been fired by Derby County after failing to guide the second-tier English club into the Premier League.

Derby said Monday that the decision was taken after a review of the season, and that “the appointment of a new head coach is required to continue the club’s on-field progress.”

McClaren, who coached England from 2006-07, took charge of Derby in September 2013 and led the team to the League Championship playoff final last season, where it lost to Queens Park Rangers.

This season, Derby led the second tier in March but a poor run of form saw it finish eighth and miss out on a place in the playoffs.

Derby says “the board remains firmly committed and driven to achieving promotion to the Premier League.”

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