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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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“The best is still to come”: The defining moments of Derby County’s season (part 2)

(Following on from last week’s chapter, “Chaos Reigned“) 13 December: Middlesbrough 2 Derby County 0 Derby had lost four times in their first 20 league games – most gallingly in an appalling performance at Elland Road in November.  The temptation … Continue reading

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“Chaos reigned”: The defining moments of Derby County’s season (Part 1)

22 July: Zenit St Petersburg 2 Derby County 0 Where were you when you heard the news?  We’d been willing the deal over the line ever since Wembley and finally, on 18 July, it was done.  The man who would … Continue reading

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