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It is fair to say that despite an okay league placing and some great results this season, there is ,as usual, plenty of criticism of Clough at present. Mainly due to the 20,000+ home fans not seeing too much to be optimistic about so far. This week won’t affect the season too much but its massive in terms of the general mood and goodwill towards Clough – Forest away next Saturday and geographically close non-rivals Leicester in the Cup on Tuesday. Can Clough afford to rest players for Tuesday? What would we think if we won after 120 minutes in the Cup only to be trounced by the Red Dogs?
Since Nigel Clough was first appointed, the stated aim has always been year on year progress. Although this hasn’t been completely linear, this seasons 10th finish was the best yet – even though our points tally wasn’t high as 2011/12. Difficult to get your head around? Take a look at our handy graph to get an idea of how we’ve done since Nigel took the reins. The graph begins with Nigel’s first half season.
During the ’30 days’, we’ve called in a few of our friends to make contributions along the way. Today we have the man formerly known as The Hull Fan At Work on duty. I say “formerly known as” as a) I don’t work with him any more and 2) as of June, he won’t be working at all. Most of us saw Derby lose at least once to Hull City last season and were left wondering “how are they at the top and we’re not?”. That’s no disrespect to the Tigers, like us under Silly (okay, that is disrespect) they consistently ground out narrow victories. Whilst I think of a new nickname for TMFKATHFAW (The Man Formerly Known As….), you can read the thoughts of the man himself…
We’ve said a few times about international football not being top of our agenda and an England friendly during closed season, without a major tournament on the horizon, is a particularly hard sell. But today is different and for three obvious reasons, we’ll be taking a great interest in the action at Wembley. Read the rest of this entry
Today is the 28th May, so there could only be one thing we could post today.
Sit back and enjoy the best moment in modern Derby County history.
Now with added Journals! Read the rest of this entry
A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing the new Derbyshire CC bookshop and saw a couple of copies of the League Managers Association magazine for 10p. I duly handed over 50p and after a brief awkward ‘over charged in a charity shop’ moment, I headed off, without change, to read the mag in the drizzling rain.
Following yesterday’s lament from 2009 about the state of DCFC youth development, we thought it apt to look where we are now. The youth team has been more or less the same for the past two years but this summer, nine second years graduated with the award of a professional contract. Don’t worry though, the next wave are pushing through and next year could be another boom season. Introducing the next generation…
In 2008/9, we were as concerned as Nigel about the lack of young players coming through to play for the Rams. Concerned enough to close the book Who’s Pereplotkins – and other tales from Derby County’s 2008/9 season with a passage about the dire state of our youth development. Here it is (I have to say, I was on the ball a few years ago!)…
I won’t say I was surprised to see that Conor Doyle had been given a contract extension with The Rams – as I’d heard a hint he would – but I did wonder why. However, I’m not about to put the boot into Doyle but wonder what Clough has in mind for the young-ish American.
Contrast this season to when Nigel Clough first arrived and the loan stats have swung massively. Not only were we reluctant to bring anyone in this year but we also used the system to get players out. Did you realise that the Rams loaned 12 players out (unless I’ve missed someone) across the season? Who’d have thought our squad could afford such a luxury?
For the senior players, this was generally for one of two reasons – 1) to get some games and prove something or 2) because they were “not part of the plans”. Unfortunately, several players moved from the former to the latter category as success varied from “didn’t work out” to “outright disaster”. Here we look at our very own dirty dozen… Read the rest of this entry