The Return of Plan B(ent)

I’ve heard some negativity about the decision to re-sign Darren Bent.  Bent, it’s been said, is the wrong fit for Derby, because you don’t get the best out of him in a 4-3-3.  When the team is built around Chris … Continue reading

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A warm welcome to Paul Clement

Paul Clement may lack managerial experience, but he hasn’t wanted for national media column inches since Carlo Ancelotti took him to Real Madrid. In-depth Clement profiles appeared in nearly every major British paper – including the Telegraph, Mail, Independent and Guardian - after … Continue reading

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“This is football”: A few (parting?) thoughts on Steve McClaren

“This is football.” Steve McClaren uses that phrase in pretty much every interview he ever does.  It’s part of an attempt to project a certain image.  With his measured, soothing tones, he tries to exude the persona of an elder … Continue reading

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The O-Ring Theory – how should Derby County look to strengthen their squad for 2015/6?

Some of you might have seen my previous ’O-Ring theory’ articles about recruitment.  This is a theory which says that the team is most likely to be let down by its weakest link and therefore, the smartest thing to do is not … Continue reading

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“Pure anger”: The defining moments of Derby County’s season (part 3)

7 March: Derby County 2 Birmingham City 2 After the Charlton win, the Rams headed on a road trip south for two away games.  It was not supposed to end in double defeat. Fulham had struggled badly even after deposing … Continue reading

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