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Derby chief Tom Glick says Nigel Clough's job is safe

Tom Glick
The supporters are upset, disappointed and embarrassed and they are correct to feel all of those things

Rams chief executive Tom Glick

Derby County chief executive Tom Glick insists manager Nigel Clough's job is not under threat after the humiliating FA Cup loss at non-league Crawley Town.

Six weeks ago the Rams were fourth in the Championship but five defeats in seven league games and the shock Cup exit has piled the pressure on Clough.

But Glick told BBC East Midlands Today: "Nigel is absolutely our guy. We have been clear about that continuously.

"We are still in stalking distance of the play-offs."

The Rams were on the verge of moving into the automatic promotion spots when they were leading Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor at the end of November.

But two goals in the last eight minutes saw the Clarets claim the points and signalled the start of a miserable run which has seen them drop to 13th in the table.

That run also included a painful 5-2 hammering at the hands of local rivals Nottingham Forest. And that result - combined with the FA Cup defeat - has prompted an angry response from many Rams fans.

But Glick is in no doubt Clough is the right man to lead the team.

"We have been consistent all along. We have the right manager, we have the right plan and we are moving forward - that hasn't changed," Glick told BBC Radio Derby.

"If you go back six weeks, we were were 10 minutes away from being third in the table and while the supporters are feeling the sting right now, six weeks ago they were telling me - and everyone who would listen - how much they were enjoying the football.

"This is the same squad. We know we have it in us and we are determined to get that form back.

"We have a good squad and if we win at Watford this weekend we are right back in the mix. It's important we keep it in perspective.

"Losing to Crawley was a horrendous night, a terrible result for the club.


"We talk about the romance of the FA Cup and one of the great things is the giant-killings but it's no fun being on the receiving end. Everybody at this football club took it very hard and I know the supporters did as well.

"The supporters are upset, disappointed and embarrassed and they are correct to feel all of those things.

"Everybody is moving forward but it stings. We are devastated. But it is just one football match.

Glick also said Rams fans should cut Clough some slack following the manager's decision not to talk to the press after the game.

"Nigel, of all people, deserves a wide berth and a lot of latitude on what was a very difficult night," Glick said.

"I think he understands exactly how everybody is hurting at the club but we have to take it on the chin and move on."

Clough, 44, has been in charge at Pride Park for two years after more than 10 years as manager of Burton Albion.

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