Category Archives: General Rams Comment
Friends, it’s been a while. February was a fantastic month for DCFC but a quiet one for Ramspace.
There’s enough folks doing pre and post match game stuff now, so here we go back with a bang and the old Skool classic that is the Ramspace barometer.
As the January transfer window 2014 closes, the Rams sit nicely in 4th spot in the Championship, well entrenched in the play off zone and within shooting distance of the second automatic promotion slot.
Whilst all readers will be well aware of the small margins which change draws to wins and wins to draws in the Championship, things would have looked a whole lot healthier were it not for the inexplicable surrender of the maximum points on Saturday at Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry
This weeks surprise signing of young Dutch goalkeeper Kelle Roos now means that The Rams have seven professional ‘keepers (i.e. not including youth teamers) on the books. Amazing when you consider Lee Grant is probably the first name on the team sheet and Legzdins is under little or no pressure for his no.2 spot. How did we get here and what are they all up to?
As 2013 comes to an end, Derby County find themselves sitting in an automatic promotion spot at the exact half way point of the Championship season.
The appointment of Steve McClaren couldn’t feasibly have gone any better and as we enter 2014 and the January Transfer window, the infamous “Derby County ownership group” are facing a whole new scruple to deal with. Read the rest of this entry
Back in the day before our website became a blog, we used to mainly publish comedy articles as opposed to the opinion pieces we generally write today.
With everyone writing good stuff about the current run of form we are enjoying, here’s a bit of Christmas fun as we ask you to consider who is your most hated DCFC Pantomime villain. Read the rest of this entry
The Guardian approached us for a half-term report for their website. It probably won’t be on until next week but here’s the unabridged version of what we wrote… Read the rest of this entry
It’s a well worn phrase to say “a week’s a long time in football”. Indeed with the soap opera nature of modern football, a week can sometimes seem like a heartbeat as clubs make multi million pound decisions on a whim (normally off the back of a bad defeat, a player/manager fallout or a bit of fan abuse) and one win later all is forgotten, until the next time.
With Nigel Clough at the helm for the last five years and the fact we have never had a foreign “sugar daddy” throwing his millions around, Derby County have been somewhat shielded from that. However in all of my time as a Rams fan, I can’t recall such a shift in gear as we have seen in the last 6 weeks since Clough left. Read the rest of this entry
Last nights shock sacking of Nigel Clough has left Rams fans divided and conveniently overshadowed the desperately disappointing defeat to Forest which, ultimately, cost him his job.
When I say ‘shock’, I have to say I am not at all surprised that this has happened (see my the Untouchable One article 2 weeks ago) but the timing and manner of the dismissal was not at all “Derby County” and you have to say Clough deserved a bit better.
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?
At the time of writing Nigel Clough is the fifth longest serving manager in English football.
Over the 4 years and 228 days (as of today) Nigel has been our manager there is no doubt there were numerous occasions where he could easily have been sacked and probably would have been at most other clubs. Indeed he has often been described as “untouchable” by people inside and outside DCFC circles.
Having pondered our start to the season over the last week, I have started to wonder if this is still the case. Read the rest of this entry