Derby manager Paul Clement has stated that the arrival of goalkeeper Scott Carson is a major boost to the team ahead of the new Championship season. The former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper provides a lot of experience to the back four that crumbled towards the end of last season.
If it had not been for this poor form, Derby would have been playing in the Premier League by now and Steve McLaren would have been in charge of the team. As it is, McLaren was sacked just before the summer holidays began. Clement has been brought in for his first managerial career.
Derby are aware that the Englishman has little experience of managing a club as the figurehead, but they are confident of having secured a bright young manager. Clement has worked under Italian legend Carlo Ancelotti for several years at various top clubs like Real Madrid and Paris St Germain. The experience of working under such big names have such big clubs will have certainly provided him with immense experience, although it will be a completely different job to manage a club in the Championship that has promotion aspirations. More often than not, this league has proven difficult even for experienced managers.
“Scott is an experienced goalkeeper who has played at the highest level for a number of years. Competition for places across the squad is important and Scott’s arrival certainly brings that to the goalkeeping department.We have two good goalkeepers already in Lee Grant and Kelle Roos and bringing Scott in will certainly raise the battle for the place between the posts,” said Clement. Carson has been signed from Wigan, who have been relegated to League One. The former England goalkeeper has played for the likes of Liverpool in the past. He recently had a spell in Turkish football with Bursaspor.