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 Brian Clough and Peter Taylor Statue Derby.jpg
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.



As of 25 September 2021
Flag of England.svg Harry Newbould 1 August 189631 July 19063761518114440.1638.31.42 FA Cup finalists (1897–98, 1898–99, 1902–03)
Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Methven 1 August 190630 June 192249820211717940.5635.941.45 Division Two champions (1911–12, 1914–15)
Flag of England.svg Cecil Potter 1 July 192231 July 192513762344145.2629.931.61
Flag of England.svg George Jobey 1 August 19251 May 194162927314021643.434.341.52 Division One runners-up (1929–30, 1935–36)
Division Two promotion (1925–26)
Flag of England.svg Ted Magner 1 August 19441 January 19461192081.822.64Football League North champions (1944–45)
Midlands Cup winners (1944–45)
Flag of England.svg Stuart McMillan 1 January 19461 November 19533461467312742.236.711.48 FA Cup winners (1945–46)
Flag of England.svg Jack Barker 1 November 19531 April 19556412163618.7556.250.81
Flag of England.svg Harry Storer Jr. 1 June 195531 May 19623321376711841.2735.541.44 Football League Division Three North champions (1956–57)
Flag of England.svg Tim Ward 1 June 196231 May 196721972598832.8840.181.26
Flag of England.svg Brian Clough 1 June 196715 October 1973289135708446.7129.071.64 Division One champions (1971–72)
Division Two champions (1968–69)
European Cup semi-finalists (1972–73)
Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Gordon 15 October 197323 October 19732110502Caretaker manager
Flag of Scotland.svg Dave Mackay 23 October 197325 November 197615870444444.327.851.61 Division One champions (1974–75)
Charity Shield winners (1975)
Flag of England.svg Colin Murphy 25 November 197617 September 197735715132037.141.03
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Docherty 17 September 197710 May 19797824213330.7742.311.19
Flag of England.svg Colin Addison 6 July 197925 January 198210533284431.4341.91.21
Flag of England.svg John Newman 25 January 198211 August 1982356131617.1445.710.89
Flag of England.svg Peter Taylor 11 August 19824 April 19846619222528.7937.881.2
Flag of England.svg Roy McFarland 4 April 198428 May 1984941444.4444.441.44
Flag of England.svg Arthur Cox 28 May 19842 October 199345318410816140.6235.541.46 Division Two champions (1986–87)
Flag of England.svg Roy McFarland 2 October 199329 April 19959340213143.0133.331.52
Flag of Scotland.svg Billy McEwan 29 April 199515 June 19951001100Caretaker manager
Flag of England.svg Jim Smith 15 June 19957 October 2001281998110135.2335.941.35 New Division One runners-up (1995–96)
Flag of England.svg Colin Todd 8 October 200114 January 200217421123.5364.710.82
Flag of Scotland.svg Billy McEwan 14 January 200230 January 20022002100Caretaker manager
Flag of England.svg John Gregory 30 January 200221 March 2003551693029.0954.551.04
Flag of England.svg Mark Lillis 21 March 200331 March 20031001100Caretaker manager
Flag of Scotland.svg George Burley 31 March 20037 June 200510739254336.4540.191.33
Flag of England.svg Phil Brown 24 June 200530 January 2006337141221.2136.361.06
Flag of England.svg Terry Westley 30 January 20062 June 2006164662537.51.13
Flag of Scotland.svg Billy Davies 2 June 200626 November 20076931142444.9334.781.55 Championship playoffs winners (2006–07)
Flag of England.svg Paul Jewell 28 November 200729 December 20085813153022.4151.720.93
Flag of England.svg Chris Hutchings 29 December 20086 January 200911001003Caretaker manager
Flag of England.svg David Lowe 6 January 20098 January 200911001003Caretaker manager
Flag of England.svg Nigel Clough 8 January 200928 September 2013231765410132.943.721.22
Flag of England.svg Darren Wassall 29 September 20131 October 20131010001Caretaker manager
Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 1 October 201325 May 20159551222254.2623.41.84
Flag of England.svg Paul Clement 1 June 20158 February 2016331412742.4221.211.64
Flag of England.svg Darren Wassall 8 February 201627 May 2016189365033.331.67Interim head coach
Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson 27 May 20168 October 20161435621.4342.861
Flag of England.svg Chris Powell 27 September 201612 October 20162110502Caretaker manager
Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 12 October 201612 March 201729137944.8331.031.59
Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett 14 March 201722 May 20186026181643.3326.671.6
Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard 31 May 20184 July 20195724171642.1128.071.56
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Phillip Cocu 5 July 201914 November 20206521182632.31401.25
Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney 15 November 2020present47 [lower-alpha 1] 12132225.5346.811.04Interim player-manager (until 15 January 2021)


  1. Includes two games as part of a four man coaching setup (alongside Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker) and one FA Cup match in which Rooney and the entire Derby County first team squad were unavailable due to COVID-19 cases within the squad and resulting restrictions. Pat Lyons took temporary charge of an academy side in the 2–0 loss to Chorley, which is included as part of Rooney's record during his tenure.

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