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Darren Wassall

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Full nameDarren Wassall
Date of birth27 June 1968(age 48)
Place of birthEdgbaston, England
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Darren Wassall (born 27 June 1968 in Edgbaston) is a retired English football defender.

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.

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, Jeff Hendrick and Callum Ball.

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