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Monday, 8 October, 2001, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
Todd's tough test
Colin Todd was number two to Jim Smith
Colin Todd was number two to Jim Smith
New Derby manager Colin Todd has admitted he faces a huge challenge to keep the club in the Premiership.

Todd replaced Jim Smith as manager on Monday and revealed he would have no extra funds to try and get the Pride Park club out of their current predicament.

Derby are 19th in the league with just five points this season.

Todd said he would fight to prevent top youngsters - including Chris Riggott, Malcolm Christie and Seth Johnson - from leaving the club.

It is a difficult situation but it's a challenge
Colin Todd
He said: "There isn't any funds available.

"There's been a lot of talk and I've said there's no players leaving the club at the moment because we need them.

"It's up to me to wheel and deal as much as possible. It is a difficult situation but it's a challenge.

"It's a difficult time for the chairman to make the decision he has had to make.

"It is disappointing but we have got to look forward - it's no good dwelling on the past.

"We will try to take the club forward."

Amicable split

Derby chairman Lionel Pickering said he had asked Smith, who had been manager for six years, to take up the role of director of football.

He added: "Initially he was receptive then he thought about it and he has probably made the right decision.

"Colin had to be in charge of the first team and when Jim asked me precisely what I wanted him to do I couldn't tell him.

"We have had a poor start. I like Jim and got on well with him. We will still have a pint together. It was amicable.

I appreciate the director of football offer but feel I have more to offer the club
Jim Smith
He said: "It is with great regret I have left my position as manager of Derby.

"But look at the club. We had to put the club ahead of personal friendship."

Smith, who has been in management for three decades, said he needed a clean break.

"This is a really sad day for me.

"The chairman Lionel Pickering offered me the position as director of football.

"I appreciate that but feel I have more to offer the club.

"I will always appreciate Derby and their magnificent fans for everything they've done for me and my family.

"I sincerely wish the club and the players every success this season and in the future. I hope to say more at a later date."

BBC Sport's Steve May
"Smith turned down the post of director of football"
New Derby boss Colin Todd
"I'm looking forward to the challenge"
Derby chairman Lionel Pickering
"We've had a poor start"
BBC Sport's Mark Shardlow
"Todd was delighted to be given the opportunity"
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08 Oct 01 |  Derby County
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