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Glick relishes enhanced Rams role

Tom Glick
Glick is part of the new-look Pride Park management structure

Tom Glick is relishing taking on the responsibility for football matters at Derby County following chairman of football Adam Pearson's departure.

Executive chairman and president Glick will now combine his business role with a more hands-on approach to working with manager Nigel Clough.

Glick said: "I cannot begin to say how excited I am to be working alongside Nigel and his staff.

"It's all about providing continuity and stability to Nigel and his team."

Pearson announced on Thursday that he would be leaving Pride Park after two years with the club.

And Pearson's departure means that Glick will no longer be concentrating solely on money matters. The American will now be working closely with Clough on transfers, helping to negotiate contracts once Clough has identified his targets.

Glick added: "I have concentrated on improving the business side of our club, in terms of bringing stability to our finances, putting supporters central to our concerns and looking at new ways to improve the service we offer to our fans.

"During this period Adam and Nigel have been laying foundations for long-term success on the pitch, by bringing the wage bill and squad size under control.

"Adam is leaving us with the football side of our club in a healthy and sustainable position, with a manager and coaching staff ready to take us on to the next level.

"I have never been more convinced that exciting times are around the corner for all of us."

Pearson bought Derby from Peter Gadsby almost 24 months ago and his first job was to dismiss the then manager Billy Davies and appoint Paul Jewell.

The change of management could not prevent the Rams from relegation from the Premier League. Pearson then sold his controlling interest to the American group GSE but stayed on as chairman of football.

But despite a major overhaul of playing staff, results failed to improve and as a result, Jewell left last season and Pearson brought in Clough from Burton Albion.

And even though Rams have gone through one of the most turbulent spells in their history, Glick was quick to praise the part Pearson has played in helping to re-build the Rams during his time with the club and insisted the split was amicable.

Glick told BBC Radio Derby: "The decision he has taken, and we have taken together, is that it's a good time for him to move onto his next challenge.

"He is a bright and talented guy who has been instrumental in terms of helping us re-shape the side, bringing in Nigel, bringing in stability and getting the squad in the right shape.

"All this important and hard work has been done and it's time for him to move on to the next thing.


"It's been a real privilege working alongside him and I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking the torch from him and helping to support Nigel going forward.

"It's a new challenge to continue the great work that Adam has begun so capably," Glick added.

"Nigel remains central to the club's plans and my job will be to support him.

"My job is to be a resource. Technically he and his team are very capable and my job will be just a resource."

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see also
Derby chairman Pearson exits club
28 Oct 09 |  Derby
Glick makes promise to Rams fans
18 Feb 08 |  Derby
Clough takes over as Derby boss
06 Jan 09 |  Derby
New owners reveal Derby ambition
28 Jan 08 |  Derby
Derby takeover Q&A
28 Jan 08 |  Derby

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