A briefing on the latest surrounding Derby County.
Rams Held to Home Draw
Saturday’s game looked to present three points. We were flying high after an impressive result at Vicarage Road and Birmingham City had been beaten 4-0 at the hands of Leeds United, who looked a long distance off a good side, live on TV the week previously. It wasn’t to be. I was unable to attend therefore I recommend Facing Two Ways’ assessment of the match.
The McClaren Effect
New managers often present a new lease of life at a club. McClaren brought that in abundance. Victories over Leeds and Watford boosted supporters, prompting many more than usual to attend the Birmingham match and subsequently make it the highest attended match of the weekend in the Football League. Read my piece, if you haven’t already, written prior to the draw, by clicking here.
Clough the Blade
Sheffield United’s appointment of Nigel Clough was a long time coming after his settlement with Derby County dragged on but Blades fans saw their new man unveiled last week. When I posed ‘Should Derby have sacked Clough?’ to my readers at the time, an incredible 985 replied with yes; which was a staggering 78.61%. Thus I am sure you’ll all join me in wishing him well at Bramall Lane.
Already Steve McClaren is stamping his mark on the squad he inherited. Most impressively of all, Andre Wisdom has arrived. People have speculated that it could be sweetener for a Will Hughes deal. Nevertheless it seems to be a shrewd signing. The Liverpool defender is a very commanding figure in defence and would have probably been on most, if not all, Championship manager’s radars given the chance.
I have been hugely impressed with the recent form of Craig Bryson. Goals and assists in abundance, the Scotsman poses a massive threat to the opposition.
It is, at the time of writing, exactly a month since Nigel Clough lost his job and the Rams were defeated at the City Ground. Do you feel better about the club four weeks on? Let me know and get involved through @NathansRamsBlog and facebook.com/nathansramsblog, as well as the below comments section and it could be included in a later post.
John Percey of The Daily Telegraph recently told his Twitter followers that Steve McClaren has interviewed Cardiff City’s former head of recruitment Iain Moody for a similar role at Pride Park.
Wigan Athletic are thought to be lining up a loan move for Aston Villa’s Marc Albrighton, a man on Derby’s loan agenda prior to the Clough sacking.
James Bailey was recently given a squad number. Could this be a new chance for him at the club? I am certainly looking forward to seeing him playing again.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s recently-released book has prompted a lot of criticism, which I cannot understand. Wouldn’t it have been boring if he just stated the successes & praised people? I began reading it the other day and am thoroughly enjoying it.
To put a Rams slant on it, Fergie does praise current Derby County head coach Steve McClaren and Eric Steele. If they have his seal of approval then they must be good. McClaren was described as ‘a very innovative and energetic coach’.