Darren Wassall

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Darren Wassall
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-06-27) 27 June 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Edgbaston, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 Nottingham Forest 27 (0)
1987 Hereford United (loan) 5 (0)
1989 Bury (loan) 7 (1)
1992–1997 Derby County 98 (0)
1996 Manchester City (loan) 15 (0)
1997 Birmingham City (loan) 8 (0)
1997–2000 Birmingham City 16 (0)
2000–2005 Burton Albion 37 (0)
Total 213 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darren Wassall (born 27 June 1968 in Edgbaston) is an English retired 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


  1. ^ Wass Going On?
  2. ^ "Burton 2-4 Kidderminster". BBC. 28 November 2000. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Keogh Named Club Player Of The Year". Derby County. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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