On Monday night I went to watch the U21’s score a win out of nowhere with two late goals to beat Swansea. This was the second time I’ve seen the 21’s this season following the previous home game against Villa.
On the back of Mel Morris recent statement of his hopes for more home-grown players in the first team, I thought an update on the progress of some of our youngsters would be timely. Read the rest of this entry
Following the signing of Jason Shackell, I wrote a reasoned piece (Shacks to Riches) arguing the positives of DCFC’s new found financial muscle. This was following direct criticism from Shaun Dyche and general scepticism amongst some Rams fans who were not comfortable with our spending.
Following Derby’s spectacular activity on transfer deadline day and Mel Morris subsequent outright purchase of the club, I’m reading another round of articles “urging caution”, asking what’s happened to our recruitment team (I’ll tell you in a minute), questioning the Butterfield fee and warning Mel Morris that soon everyone might hate him.
What the actual Fuck? Read the rest of this entry
Although the Rams would surely have hoped and expected to score 3 points from Charlton Athletic at home, the general consensus after yesterday’s draw was that there was a lot to be encouraged by in the Rams display.
Here’s my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry
This week’s glorious re-signing of Jason Shackell and the subsequent bitter attack on the Rams transfer policy by Shaun Dyche has thrown up an interesting debate among some Derby fans.
Whilst the words of the flame haired, gravel voiced, legoman were heavily laced with bitterness, there is no doubt that the Rams are leading their peers in the transfer market to a level not seen since Lionel Pickering first took over the Rams in the early nineties.
With ticket sales, optimism and general positivity around the state of the club off the charts, what’s not to like? Yet there is definitely a certain genre of Derby fan to whom the current spending spree does not sit comfortably. Read the rest of this entry
Today I had a thoroughly enjoyable family day out at the Seaside wrapped around The Rams first public game of season 2015/2016 (and the first of the Paul Clement era) at Grimsby.
You can read a match report on the official site, DET and a few other blogs, but here’s my key observations on the days proceedings. Read the rest of this entry
For the last few years, we’ve been asked to write the Derby fans view for the World Soccer season preview special magazine. The nature of the beast is that every club answers the same set questions, so the answers are more for the general football public rather than being news for Rams fans.
This however did manifest itself gloriously in Mexico last year when a scouser I was chatting to started talking about a Derby article he’d read on the plane. Halfway through the chat, I had to tell him I wrote it!
Anyway, here’s this years submission. Read the rest of this entry
It’s been an exciting start to the summer for Rams fans with a new head coach and new signings flying in left right and centre.
With the promise of more new faces, a topic that is regularly starting to crop up is how the team will shape up under Clement. With two new centre halves signed already, a bid rejected for Shacks and links to a couple of right backs (Lowton and Jaz Richards), the defence is of particular interest to me. Read the rest of this entry
A month ago I wrote that I felt Steve McClaren’s position as head coach of Derby County was untenable. Although it took a little longer than we all thought, Steve is now history and we await the formal introduction of Paul Clement on Thursday.
In the last few years, chopping managers became unfashionable with the word “stability” thrown around a lot. However I think what you now see is a new culture where the “stability” required is more outside the football department and the Head Coach/Manager get a shorter contract and are more dispensable than ever. Read the rest of this entry
Derby County’s season is over and we have not been promoted to the premier league. In the end we couldn’t even make the play offs. Thus if that was the minimum requirement (as has been stated by everyone many times) then the season has been an abject failure.
However, as all Rams fans know, the statement of the facts only tells a very small part of the story. Read the rest of this entry
Updates on Ramspace have been sparse over the last 6 weeks or so. Some of this is because I’ve been busy with work, some of it is because you don’t need me to tell you in a smart arse way what you can see for yourself, but mostly it’s because I’ve been so gutted after almost every game recently I just didn’t fancy writing about it.
With the last chance of automatic promotion disappearing on Friday night with yet another example of the Rams having no idea how to win a game, it’s time to ask some questions. Read the rest of this entry