List of Derby County F.C. managers

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Statue outside Pride Park Stadium of Derby County's 1972 Football League-winning manager Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor, who also managed the club

Derby County is an English association football club based in Derby, Derbyshire. The club was formed in 1884 but didn't appoint a full-time manager until 1896; prior to this the team for each match was selected by committee, a common practice in the early days of professional football. This chronological list comprises all those who have held the position of manager of the first team since 1896. Each manager's entry includes his dates of tenure and the club's overall competitive record (in terms of matches won, drawn and lost), honours won and significant achievements while under his care. Caretaker managers are included, where known, as well as those who have been in permanent charge. Derby have had 26 full-time managers. The most successful of these is Brian Clough, who won the club's first ever Football League title and reached the semi-final of the European Cup. The club's longest-serving managers were Jimmy Methven and George Jobey, who managed the club for 16 years, with Jobey being in charge for a club-record 629 games.

Managers[edit]

Name From To Record Notes
P W D L Win % Loss % PPG*
England Harry Newbould 1 August 1896 31 July 1906 376 151 81 144 40.16 38.3 1.42 FA Cup Finalists, 1897/98, 1898/99, 1902/03
Scotland Jimmy Methven 1 August 1906 30 June 1922 498 202 117 179 40.56 35.94 1.45 Division Two Champions, 1911–12, 1914–15
England Cecil Potter 1 July 1922 31 July 1925 137 62 34 41 45.26 29.93 1.61
England George Jobey 1 August 1925 1 May 1941 629 273 140 216 43.4 34.34 1.52 Division One Runners Up, 1929–30, 1935–36
Division Two Promotion, 1925/26
England Ted Magner 1 August 1944 31 May 1946 11 9 2 0 81.82 0 2.64 Football League North Champions, 1945/46
Midlands Cup Winners, 1945/46
England Stuart McMillan 1 January 1946 1 November 1953 346 146 73 127 42.2 36.71 1.48 FA Cup, Winners 1945/46
England Jack Barker 1 November 1953 1 April 1955 64 12 16 36 18.75 56.25 0.81
England Harry Storer, Jr. 1 June 1955 31 May 1962 332 137 67 118 41.27 35.54 1.44 Football League Division Three North, Champions 1956–57, Runners-Up 1955–56
England Tim Ward 1 June 1962 31 May 1967 219 72 59 88 32.88 40.18 1.26
England Brian Clough 1 June 1967 15 October 1973 289 135 70 84 46.71 29.07 1.64 Division One Champions, 1971–72
Division Two Champions, 1968–69
European Champion Clubs' Cup, Semi-Finalists 1973
Texaco Cup, Winners 1971–72
Scotland Jimmy Gordon 15 October 1973 23 October 1973 2 1 1 0 50 0 2 Caretaker Manager
Scotland Dave Mackay 23 October 1973 25 November 1976 158 70 44 44 44.3 27.85 1.61 Division One Champions, 1974–75
Charity Shield 1975
England Colin Murphy 25 November 1976 17 September 1977 35 7 15 13 20 37.14 1.03
Scotland Tommy Docherty 17 September 1977 10 May 1979 78 24 21 33 30.77 42.31 1.19
England Colin Addison 6 July 1979 25 January 1982 105 33 28 44 31.43 41.9 1.21
England John Newman 25 January 1982 11 August 1982 35 6 13 16 17.14 45.71 0.89
England Peter Taylor 11 August 1982 4 April 1984 66 19 22 25 28.79 37.88 1.2
England Roy McFarland 4 April 1984 28 May 1984 9 4 1 4 44.44 44.44 1.44
England Arthur Cox 28 May 1984 2 October 1993 453 184 108 161 40.62 35.54 1.46 Division Two Champions, 1986–87
England Roy McFarland 2 October 1993 29 April 1995 93 40 21 31 43.01 33.33 1.52 Division One (New) Playoffs Runners Up, 1993/94
Scotland Billy McEwan 29 April 1995 15 June 1995 1 0 0 1 0 100 0 Caretaker Manager
England Jim Smith 15 June 1995 7 October 2001 281 99 81 101 35.23 35.94 1.35 Division One (New) Runners-Up 1995–96
England Colin Todd 8 October 2001 14 January 2002 17 4 2 11 23.53 64.71 0.82
Scotland Billy McEwan 14 January 2002 30 January 2002 2 0 0 2 0 100 0 Caretaker Manager
England John Gregory 30 January 2002 21 March 2003 55 16 9 30 29.09 54.55 1.04
England Mark Lillis 21 March 2003 31 March 2003 1 0 0 1 0 100 0 Caretaker Manager
Scotland George Burley 31 March 2003 7 June 2005 107 39 25 43 36.45 40.19 1.33 Championship Playoffs Semi-Finalists, 2004–05
England Phil Brown 24 June 2005 30 January 2006 33 7 14 12 21.21 36.36 1.06
England Terry Westley 30 January 2006 2 June 2006 16 4 6 6 25 37.5 1.13
Scotland Billy Davies 2 June 2006 26 November 2007 69 31 14 24 44.93 34.78 1.55 Championship Playoffs Winner, 2006–07
England Paul Jewell 28 November 2007 29 December 2008 58 13 15 30 22.41 51.72 0.93
England Chris Hutchings 29 December 2008 6 January 2009 1 1 0 0 100 0 3 Caretaker Manager
England David Lowe 6 January 2009 8 January 2009 1 1 0 0 100 0 3 Caretaker Manager
England Nigel Clough 8 January 2009 28 September 2013 231 76 54 101 32.9 43.72 1.22
England Darren Wassall 29 September 2013 1 October 2013 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 Caretaker Manager
England Steve McClaren 1 October 2013 25 May 2015 95 51 22 22 54.26 23.4 1.84 Championship Playoffs Runners Up, 2013–14
England Paul Clement 1 June 2015 8 February 2016 33 14 12 7 42.42 21.21 1.64
England Darren Wassall 8 February 2016 27 May 2016 18 9 3 6 50 33.33 1.67 Interim Head Coach, Championship Playoffs Semi-Finalists, 2015–16
England Nigel Pearson 27 May 2016 8 October 2016 14 3 5 6 21.43 42.86 1
England Chris Powell 27 September 2016 12 October 2016 2 1 1 0 50 0 2 Caretaker Manager
England Steve McClaren 12 October 2016 12 March 2017 29 13 7 9 44.83 31.03 1.59
England Gary Rowett 14 March 2017 22 May 2018 60 26 18 16 43.33 26.67 1.6 Championship Playoffs Semi-Finalists, 2017–18
England Frank Lampard 31 May 2018 4 July 2019 57 24 17 16 42.11 28.07 1.56 Championship Playoffs Runners Up, 2018–19
Netherlands Phillip Cocu 5 July 2019 Present 18 6 6 6 33.33 33.33 1.33
  • Up to and including 9 November 2019
  • *Points Per Game, 3 points for a win across all competitions played, 1 for a draw

References[edit]

  • "Derby Managerial History". Soccerbase.com. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  • "Rams Roll Call". Derby County F.C. Retrieved 20 November 2008.