Westley takes Rams reins

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Derby County have appointed academy coach Terry Westley as caretaker manager following the sacking of Phil Brown.

The Rams parted company with the former Bolton Wanderers assistant manager only seven months after appointing him as successor to current Southampton boss George Burley.

Brown failed to live up to expectations at Pride Park, with the East Midlands outfit only six points above The Championship's relegation zone.

Westley will be assisted by Derby's Canadian striker Paul Peschisolido, who is currently supporting his wife in Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady, as she prepares to have surgery for an aneurysm in her brain.

The temporary appointments will allow Rams chairman John Sleightholme and his board to search for Brown's permanent successor.

Despite his caretaker appointment, Westley told a press conference on Tuesday that he has no interest in doing the job on a permanent basis.

"It's a short-term thing," Westley said. "I'm helping the board out.

"I'm the academy manager - that's where I see my role.

"That was exactly the same with Phil.

"Phil asked for some help and I tried to help him the best I could, but my role is the academy manager's role."

Westley's first match in charge is Wednesday evening's league clash with high-flying Sheffield United and he expects his side to be committed against The Blades.

"People out there won't be giving us a prayer to win the game tomorrow," he added.

"Players now have to go and play and that's the bottom line. We can't go out tomorrow and not play.

"We will be giving everything we've got for the football club to try and win a game of football."