The Boys from the Blacklist
One of the constant trends of Nigel Clough’s tenure at Derby has been his penchant for blacklisting members of his squad.
Players who have previously been key or widely accepted as “a good prospect” are, often from nowhere, simply bombed out of the first team picture (or in some cases quite literally sent to Coventry) with maximum prejudice; until time as their contract expires or we can get rid by other means.
Once a player finds himself in this situation, he is dead to Clough. Crofty nearly turned things around at the start of last season but very quickly found himself back in the development squad and subsequently binned off to Oldham.
As an exercise, we recently starting listing out players who have found themselves on the wrong end of such a fate. As you can see below, there’s pretty much a full squad now to choose from!