You The Jury – Nigel Clough
After a brief renaissance which just about secured our Championship status, the season looks to be ending on a very dismal note, with only a daunting trip to Reading standing between us and 4 straight defeats.
Despite threats of mass changes and significant transfer investment, many fans are once again suggesting that Nigel Clough is not the man to take us forward. Take our test and see if you’re one of them.
Nigel’s Backroom Team
B) Metgod’s rise to unwritten number 2, at the expense of Crosby, has been a positive step. Nigel and the backroom team are a package and it’s no different to Silly with Ned Kelly & Julian Darby etc.
A) Why was this left to drag on so long? He should have been signed last summer or whilst the going was good this year. When that didn’t happen, we should have moved on weeks earlier and signed a replacement. Commons history in similar situations seemed obvious to everyone but Clough.
B) Up to this year Commons had flattered to deceive and there was no way he deserved a contract in the summer. Clough applied pressure in the media to Commons and Glick & got the correct offer pushed through. In the end Kris played us like a fiddle and there was little we could do.
Leaving Brayford at centre half when Leacock was fit
A) It was a shocking decision with no logic which humiliated us in the one game we didn’t want it to. Whatsmore, after blaming Leacock for Forest and leaving him on the naughty step, a Brayford slip cost us the first goal at Crawley!
B) The defence had looked good with Bray at Centre half and Leacock has played right back before. It was a calculated gamble which didn’t come off, mainly because Leacock is a bottler.
A) By any standards, Clough’s radio assassination of Cwyka was scandalous and indefensible. The fact that Tomasz is a young, cracking player who always gives his all made it even worse.
B) Whist there is no doubt Clough crossed the line on this one, it’s good to hear a manager being honest about his players who should be more accountable for their actions than they are.
The Sale of Dean Moxey
A) How can it be a good idea to sell a top young player to a relegation rival for a nothing fee? Subsequently leaving said player position (left back) completely exposed for the rest of the season. Pure madness.
B) Moxey was a tryer who was occasionally brilliant but cost us a lot of goals (a young Jay Mac anyone?). £400k was a generous bid (which will get us either Jamie Ward or Frank Fielding) for someone who hadn’t noticeably improved. Robbo has also looked significantly better since.
A) Outside of Commons, Bueno was by far and away our best creative player this season. So why the hell was he sat on the bench for so many games in the winter, particularly at home?
B) As results began to crash and personnel changed, it was obvious we had to change the 4-2-3-1. Unfortunately Alberto was a victim of that, although Clough called it spot on to restore him for Swansea and Leeds.
Mostly A’s – You hate non league Nigel and think he should be axed. His name’s got us through a sticky two years, but now it looks like the purse strings are being loosened, it’s time for someone who knows what they’re doing to take it on.
Mostly B’s – Nigel’s not got everything right but you support him all the way. He’s got us through a sticky two years where many other clubs of similar size to us (Forest, Leicester, Norwich, Leeds, Southampton, Sheff Wed etc) have got relegated. Now the purse strings are being loosened, Nigel’s the man to take us to the next level.
Posted on May 1, 2011, in General Rams Comment and tagged Alberto Bueno, Commons, dean moxey, derby county, John Brayford, Nigel Clough, ramspace, the rams, Tom Glick, Tomasz Cwyka. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.