Former Chelsea assistant manager Paul Clement has said that working under Carlo Ancelotti helped him prepare for management.
The 43-year old recently took charge at Championship side Derby, replacing the sacked Steve McClaren.
Clement worked under Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid, and has said that the 55-year old was the man who taught him how to be a manager – and that it was an “honour” to work with the Italian.
“He [Ancelotti] is a great man who gave me a lot of belief I could do this job.
“I can’t wait to get started. This is a fantastic opportunity.”
The former PE teacher worked in the Chelsea academy set-up in the late 1990’s, before working under Guus Hiddink and Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge. But, despite having no experience as a manager, Clement says he is ready for the challenge.
“It is a big step but one I am excited about, one I think I have the skills to deliver; I wouldn’t have done it otherwise,” Clement added. “I have had a burning ambition to be a head coach for a long time.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an assistant; I worked at some fantastic clubs with some great players. But over the years I thought I would like the opportunity to be a head coach.”
Clement said he did speak to other clubs, but was impressed by what the Rams, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, had to offer.
“Derby really did interest me,” he said.
“It’s a club with tradition, with a very strong supporter base and infrastructure and having spoken to [chairman] Mel Morris and [chief executive] Sam Rush and seen their vision for moving this club forward, I am excited to be a part of it.”