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Former Derby County players Michael Forsyth and Darren Wassall have returned to the club as part of the new-look Academy coaching staff.

Nigel Clough wants to take the Academy in a new direction and has started to piece together the staff.

Clough is keen for Derby to attract and develop the best young players in Derbyshire and across the East Midlands.

Academy manager Phil Cannon and technical manager David Lowe – both appointed by former manager Paul Jewell – and assistant academy manager Brian Borrows parted company with the club last week.

Forysth and Wassall have come in and further appointments will follow as part of the restructuring.

Specific job titles for the pair have yet to be announced.

“Michael and Darren are two great people with a tremendous knowledge of football in the region and a passion for Derby County,†said Clough.

"They have both played for the club, so have a great understanding of its heritage and how important it is to the people of this area.

"Their enthusiasm for finding local talent is unrivalled and we are fortunate to have them on board as we look to take the Academy in a new direction.

"We have other people lined up to come in and will hopefully be able to make announcements on that soon.

“It’s vital that we concentrate on getting and developing the best youngsters in Derbyshire and across the East Midlands. That is now our focus.â€Â

Forysth, 43, played more than 400 games for Derby as a defender and was part of the Division Two championship-winning team of 1986-7.

He signed from West Bromwich Albion in March 1986 and was voted player of the season in 1987-8.

Spells with Notts County and Wycombe Wanderers followed, and he also played under Clough at Burton Albion.

He was later reserve team coach at Wycombe and then swapped professions to become part of Jenson Button’s Formula One motor racing back-up team.

Wassall, 40, was a team-mate of Clough’s at Nottingham Forest before signing for Derby in June 1992.

A central defender, he played 122 times for the Rams and was part of Jim Smith’s squad that won promotion to the Premiership in 1995-6.

He later played for Manchester City, on loan, Birmingham City and also Burton.

Wassall, along with Pat Lyons, coached Burton’s youth team to two successive Conference Youth League titles.

He and Lyons are business partners in a coaching venture called Soccer Stars UK.

Derby Evening Telegraph.

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JOHN Perkins is the latest new addition to the Derby County Academy staff.

Perkins joins from Wolverhampton Wanderers and follows the appointments of ex-Rams players Darren Wassall and Michael Forsyth this week.

Rams manager Nigel Clough knows Perkins from their days together at Nottingham Forest.

"John is a top operator whose knowledge of youth football in the Midlands is unrivalled," said Clough.

"He brings vast experience and expertise but also a passion for the game and an enthusiasm for finding and developing talented young players.

"It is a fantastic addition to the club."

Perkins was a member of Nottingham Forest's coaching staff until joining Wolves in 2000 as assistant Academy manager U16-U18 and youth team coach. He holds the UEFA A Licence coaching award.

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New Academy Ethos

The way I see it.

1. Looking for Foreign Talent

If you are scouring the world for the best youngsters you are competing against the big 4 in the EPL plus the other wannabes such as Spurs, much less the other big european clubs, why as an upcoming youngster would you chose Derby. Therefore you will be picking up rejects. Why not wait until they have not made the grade in the UK and pick them up here. Lets face a reject from the big 4 does not mean you are not a good player.

2. Local Talent

Arguably the best Academy in England - Middlesborough gets its academy players locally and train them in order to become 1st team players.

I think we are aiming to follow the Middlesborough model together with picking up the outcasts from the bigger clubs.

For me this is a better way of sending money employing local staff with local knowledge than the extensive scouting system we had which had not turned up any gems (Feilhaber, Zadkovic, Sterjovski, etc)

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