Officer class? Rob Langham on new Derby County defender Alex Pearce

Big thanks to Rob Langham, from the estimable Two Unfortunates website, who has been good enough to to take time out from editing the thinking man’s Football League website to offer us some background on Derby’s new centre back, Alex … Continue reading

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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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