Restless Natives

After another week of disappointment and frustration for Rams fans, there is no question that patience is being stretched to the max by the current state of affairs at DCFC.

The difference in mood & general feeling around the club between the end of this Ipswich game and the corresponding away game couldn’t be further apart. Whilst we’ve had many really good and really bad seasons, I don’t think I can recall one falling quite so spectacularly off the edge of the cliff as this one.  

So who’s to blame? Based on the general consensus, as far as I can see, most of the fury is being blamed on GSE and their perceived lack of investment in our team. Clearly there’s always going to be fingers pointed at the manager (who would have been sacked weeks ago at any other club), but it seems most people feel it’s not Nigel’s fault we don’t have a striker. The fact that Forest and Leicester are clearly “having a go” and getting results merely compounds the ill feeling.

Tom & Andy throw on a disguise as they inadvertently run into the roadrider on the way to Portsmouth.

Here’s what I think. In terms of Clough, I’m glad he’s still our manager. Whilst he sometimes annoys me with some of his team selections, late substitutions and his stubborn streak, he can clearly pick a player (Ben Davies already looks a good signing to me) and he works to a long term plan rather than making impetuous decisions which come back to haunt you. It’s irrelevant to me who is Dad is, but I think it’s a good thing he understands the club and what it means. 

In terms of GSE, I’ve read enough books on the Transfer market and football finance to know that what they are doing on a base level is correct. Unless you have untold funds, if you throw £10m at a Championship club, you either get promoted or you go into administration and subsequently league1. We’ve been very close to that twice. However whilst financial prudency is never going to be great box office, you can offset it with the odd calculated gamble.
What I have a major issue with GSE with is that it would appear Tom Glick can’t close a door never mind a £1m signing. Davies and Brayford are both good buys but could have been at Derby a year earlier than they arrived if we had pressed a bit harder initially. It seems that every transfer negotiation we undertake goes at glacial pace and involves “a dance” for the sake of £150k. This is fine if you are talking a difference of £1m or maybe if no-one else is involved, but sometimes you just need to pay the price to get what you want.

The Conor Sammon fiasco is a case in point. How did it take us from Sunday to 18.30 Monday to (according to reports) go from £425k to £600k? Wigan should never have had a sniff, yet come Tuesday we miss a golden chance to batter a poor side and Sammon sits in the stand at Wigan.  Likewise how does Luke Moore (not everyone’s cup of tea, but clearly Nigel’s) go from being in the bag on a season loan to signing a permanent 2 year deal with Swansea?   

Outside of the commercial elements, Commons has obviously played us and we had no choice but to move him on. But why on earth have we let Leicester string us along for weeks for Waghorn? Where’s the plan B? Clearly in business you have to have a bit of mutual integrity, but this is also football and things can change in an instant.

Obviously, there’s nothing that can be done for the Pompey game, but the window re-opens on Monday leaving 5 days to get some reinforcements for Leicester.

So come on Tom, let’s get aggressive and get some striker deals done (give Frank Fielding a shout whilst you’re at it)! Failure to do so and a thumping off Leicester on Live TV will take some coming back from.  

C Spaceram

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Posted on February 3, 2011, in General Rams Comment and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Agree with all the main points you’ve made. January has been a disaster on and off the pitch but its a long journey. In regards to strikers, we seem to have got bogged down with specific targets, when we’ve just needed bodies. In the past we’ve picked up Dickov and Kuqi simply because they were available and we should have done similar whilst we conducted our main business. We played January with Porter, who has gone from half-fit to fit but no form or confidence. We’ve gone from the ultra cautious “let’s get Ryan Noble in, just in case” to almost no-one for a month.

    Enjoyed the Restless Natives photo, any chance of a Big Country soundtrack?

  2. I think the transfer activity of the last 6 months has shown Glick and Clough to have been very naive, it all stems back to the mismanagement of the Hulse situation and ending with us waiting on false promises from others. Lets hope they learn for next time.

  3. The thing is, we talk about loans in time for the Leicester game – it seems we’re still pinning our hopes on getting Waghorn in until the end of the season. Now, that would mean he couldn’t play against his “parent” club in the first case, so where is the alternative?

    It’s frustrating almost beyond belief to see just how easily a season that promised so much can drop off to the extent that we’re nervously looking over our shoulders at the bottom 3 rather than eyeing up the top 3 as we were just a couple of months ago.

  4. i agree! GET FRANK FIELDING BACK! bywater thinks a clean sheet is what his mummy puts on his bad after one of those dreams! i also agree that more agression in the transfer market is important.

    • Although Bywater has made two costly gaffs against Reading and Ipswich, my biggest issue is that he never makes any important saves. None of the goals we have shipped recently (outside of Bullards) have specifically been his fault, but when was the last time he made a save when he wasn’t the favourite to do so?

      Frank Fielding was an unspecatular keeper, but he made key saves frm point plank range on several occasions. If a player gets in on Bywater, it pretty much always ends up in the net.

      Goalies are the most underated position in football. Just look at the influence Camp has on Forest. If we want to move forward next year, I think we need a new one.

  5. Kennington Ram

    If i was a player looking for a club to go on loan to, Derby County would be way, way down my list. A restless fanbase, quick to get on players backs’, and a manager who might crucify you in public after a game (see Leacock, Green and now Cywka in the past 4 weeks) plus seemingly little chance of it turning into a permanent deal (Cywka is only example of that i can think of?) and i think we’d be low down most players lists.

    And agree we need to get Fielding in as well.

    On a positive front, great seeing Steve Davies playing up front, long may that continue!!!

  6. It seems it may not just be the natives who are getting restless, if Stephen Bywater’s Twitter feed is anything to go by. Take the comments from last night (07/02/2011) as an example:

    “How can you lose a dressing gown? Seems quite an achievement to me. Yep, mine is gone…I’ll blame someone else.”

    “Nope. Looked around and the dressing gown is definatly gone. Gutted.”

    Of course, he could be on about anything (and given his attempts at “art”, who knows what’s going through his mind!!!) but it all seems a little too close to comfort don’t you think??

  7. well the frank fielding rumours are gathering pace. it would be interesting if we got him in before anyone else as clough wanted a striker, midfielder and defender at least! is fielding our hidden gem in the lone striker role?

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