Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
Possible New Assistant Manager (another one)
Heath not a done deal
by Steve Nicholson
Confusion surrounded Derby County's search for an assistant manager last night.
Adrian Heath resigned as assistant to Micky Adams at Coventry City yesterday and the Sky Blues issued a statement saying he had joined the Rams as Phil Brown's number two.
But Derby insist Heath has not been appointed.
Heath was at Meadow Lane to see Brown's team lose 1-0 to Notts County in a pre-season friendly and afterwards chief executive Jeremy Keith said: "Adrian Heath has not been appointed in any capacity.
"Until such time as we sit down and talk properly with Coventry and Adrian, that is the situation.
"We were surprised that Coventry chose to put the matter on their club website.
"It would be fair to say that Phil Brown would like Adrian to be his assistant but in terms of the process, we are trying to conduct ourselves properly."
Brown is keen to have an assistant in place before the new Championship season kicks off on August 6 but said reports that Heath had joined Derby were premature.
"Adrian has tended his resignation at Coventry and is a candidate to become my number two, but if there is an announcement to be made by Derby County it will come from my lips," said Brown.
"I'm after somebody with Premier League experience and Adrian fits into that bracket."
Coventry appear to be unhappy about the situation.
Asked if they are intimating that Derby have made an illegal approach for Heath, who had a year to run on his contract, Keith replied: "It would be unfair to speculate on what Coventry may or may not be saying.
"It is time for our board to have a conversation with their board and straighten this out."
Brown stressed on the day he took charge at Pride Park that he was looking for an older and more experienced right-hand man, making Heath's arrival slightly surprising.
At 44, Heath is two years younger than Brown and the pair would form a young managerial partnership.
But Heath is not short of experience having held roles at a number of clubs in the past eight years or so.
He has managed at Burnley, Sheffield United and Coventry where he was caretaker boss for a short spell last season after Peter Reid left the club.
Heath was also assistant to Reid at Sunderland and to Howard Kendall at both Everton and Sheffield United.
His playing career started at Stoke before he enjoyed a highly-successful seven years at Everton during the Eighties where he won two Championships and an FA Cup..
He also played for Spanish club Espanyol, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Burnley.
If Heath does join Derby, as seems likely, he will be Brown's second signing from Coventry having taken on Bob Shaw as chief scout.
Bit strange how Coventry are saying he's come to us, and were saying he hasn't yet, but that sums up Derby County for you.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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