Last Updated: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:38
New signing Zak Whitbread was a target of departed Derby manager Nigel Clough, according to chief executive and president Sam Rush.
An unusual thing happened on Sunday when the Rams announced the signing of centre-half Whitbread from Leicester.
It was strange because Derby did not have a manager - Clough had been sacked the previous day.
Rush revealed he brought the player to Pride Park after consulting with Academy manager Darren Wassall, who had been placed in temporary charge following Clough's dismissal.
"We always have a list of players," said Rush. "As you know, due to injury and suspension we only really had two senior centre-backs so we got our list.
"We spoke to Nigel on a regular basis about what might happen should we be without players and we, along with Nigel, drew up this list.
"Zak Whitbread was on that list so I spoke to Darren Wassall about it once we had appointed him as the interim coach on Sunday.
"I showed him the list we had drawn up with Nigel and we went from there. I work with Darren the same way I did with Nigel."
Meanwhile, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has criticised Derby for the way they handled things.
Rush went public with the news of a three-month deal for Whitbread on Sunday night, when the Foxes would have preferred to keep it quiet until it was confirmed.
"I am not going to deny it was a deal in the process of being done," said Pearson.
"But we don't have any say in how Derby choose to release or do their business. I am not going to expand on that now, but clearly it is something that should be done in a more amicable fashion."
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