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Darren Wassall

Darren Wassall
Personal information
Full nameDarren Wassall
Date of birth (1968-06-27) 27 June 1968 (age 46)
Place of birthEdgbaston, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
1986–1992Nottingham Forest27(0)
1987Hereford United (loan)5(0)
1989Bury (loan)7(1)
1992–1997Derby County98(0)
1996Manchester City (loan)15(0)
1997Birmingham City (loan)8(0)
1997–2000Birmingham City16(0)
2000–2005Burton Albion37(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darren Wassall (born 27 June 1968 in Edgbaston) is a retired English football defender. He is currently the Academy Manager at Derby County and briefly acted as Caretaker Manager following the dismissal of Nigel Clough.


Wassall began his career in 1984 at Nottingham Forest, where he was a product of the youth system. He failed to win a regular first team place, although he was a reliable stand-in to the likes of Des Walker, and was loaned out to Hereford United and Bury. Despite his limited opportunities Wassall featured in two finals for Forest, winning a medal in the 1992 Zenith Data Systems 3–2 triumph over Southampton (having scored his one and only Forest goal in the semi-final second leg against Leicester City at the City Ground) and playing in the 1–0 defeat in the 1992 Football League Cup Final against Manchester United. He left Forest for Derby County in 1992 in a £600,000 deal amid rumours of a dressing room incident with manager Brian Clough which left Wassall feeling unable to remain at Forest. Whilst at Derby he had loan spells at Manchester City and Birmingham City.

Wassall joined Birmingham full-time in 1997 in a £150,000 deal, although his impact was limited as he struggled with injuries. He retired in 2000 after suffering an achilles injury. However Wassall was able to continue playing by dropping out of the Football League and playing for Burton Albion. He retired altogether in 2005 to take charge of the club's youth team.[1] He scored once during his spell at Burton, his goal coming in a 4-2 FA Cup defeat to Kidderminster Harriers in November 2000.[2]

In 2009, Wassall became Academy Manager at Derby County under Nigel Clough's regime. He is still in the position and is responsible for bringing through a number of players to Derby's first team including Mark O'Brien, Callum Ball, Jeff Hendrick, Mason Bennett and Will Hughes. In May 2013, Wassall was rewarded for his work, winning the President's Award at the clubs awards night.[3]

In September 2013, Nigel Clough was sacked by Derby County, and his back room staff sent on gardening leave. However, Wassall remained at the club, continuing his work with the youth academy under the tenure of new Derby County Head Coach Steve McClaren.


Nottingham Forest


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