Derby County owner Mel Morris insists promotion was never the aim this season and says head coach Paul Clement was sacked because of his short-term view.
Clement only lasted for eight months despite the Rams being fifth in the Championship, five points off top spot.
Morris told BBC East Midlands Today: “Up until the last couple of weeks we’ve been trying to work with Paul to get him to embrace the plans we set.
“But I just had no belief that was going to happen.”
Morris added: “Paul’s horizon was shorter term than ours. With all good intent I think Paul had a slightly different view.
“We wanted to build on the squad, develop them, get on a rising tide of performance and let that carry us through into the Premier League – whether that was this season, next season or beyond. I think, for Paul, that was too long a view.”
More to follow.