11th – Stephen Pearce
Behind todays window we have Derby County CEO, Stephen Pearce.
Who? I hear you cry. You know the guy who used to sit on the fans forums with Rowett and Mel. No not John Vickers, the other one, didn’t say much. Yes him.
Stephen joined Derby in 2013, leaving his role as ‘head of statutory reporting’ at Chelsea to become Finance Director at Derby. This summer he was promoted to the role of CEO by Mel as the formal replacement for Sam Rush.
When Sam Rush first joined Derby, many viewed his appointment as a game changer. After years of austerity under the American ownership, the appointment of Rush was a noticeable gear shift by the Rams. Rush’s high profile persona, his apparent contacts and network within the game and his general talk that we need to aim higher was all music to the ears of Rams fans. He also closed out several significant commercial deals including naming rights on the stadium and the infamous shirt sponsorship with Just Eat. All of this actually ended with him being named championship CEO of the year in 2014 on the back of record breaking turnover for the Rams.
As we now know this un ravelled spectacularly in subsequent years with a succession of transfer market disasters, the breakdown of the relationship with Ipro, rumours of all sorts of 3rd party payments and the acrimonious departure of Rush, culminating in a spat of newspaper mud slinging that thankfully never made court.
Behind all of this mayhem, it is staggering that The Rams have never breached FFP and fell into the worm hole of embargos, points deductions and fire sales that numerous Championship clubs have. As FD through this period, Pearce must take massive credit for this.
At the start of Sam Rush’s tenure, I thought it was great that we at last had somebody commercially on the front foot and with a bit if ambition. By the end you were just sick of his face popping up everywhere (I used to hate those Billy Bunter type Charity Cricket pictures) and bored of his bullshit.
To my mind, the lower profile, quiet dignity that Pearce conveys is the perfect antidote to the Rush era and exactly what the club needs. Football is business and you need talented people in that department for sure. But the stars are the players and managers.
Whilst Frank, Jody and the lads are the public face of DCFC, it looks a good bet that in Stephen, we now have a steady hand on the wheel to move to us forward.
Posted on December 11, 2018, in Derby County Advent Calendar 2018, General Rams Comment and tagged derby, derby county, Mel Morris, ramspace, Sam Rush, Stephen Pearce, the rams. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.