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    How do you solve a problem like Derby County?

    Post by RRC on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 10:14 am

    Here's a provocative article on Derby County - can you honestly disagree with these views?



    How do you solve a problem like Derby County? by Chris Dunlavy


    MOMENTS into his first press conference, Gary Rowett was asked what he’d said to the shower of
    underachievers currently masquerading as Derby players. “We just shared with them one or two of
    the things we think are perhaps missing,” said the former Birmingham boss. One or two? Rams fans
    can name a few more than that. Leadership. Responsibility. Heart, guts, any sense of culpability.
    Pretty much the only thing they do possess is mercurial talent, fat pay packets and an astounding
    ability to see off managers.

    Rowett is Derby’s sixth permanent boss in 21 months, two more than Massimo Cellino has employed
    at Leeds in the same period. Considering the Italian is paraded as a trigger-happy nutjob, what does
    that make Mel Morris? The Rams owner has much to answer for. Morris undermined Paul Clement by
    bursting into the dressing room, then sacked him for failing to play the ‘the Derby Way’ – a non-
    existent philosophy already shot down in flames by Rowett.

    “If I feel we have to play one way to win one game and a different way to win the next, I’m going to
    have the opportunity to do that,” said Rowett. “That was made quite clear.”

    Yet Morris’ single greatest failing is his blind faith in Derby’s players – a faith they have both abused
    and routinely failed to justify. Derby were deeply unfortunate to be beaten by Bobby Zamora’s last-gasp
    sucker punch in the play-off final of 2014. Only blind luck and a bad error saw QPR through. But since
    then? Three years of bottle jobs. Three years of capitulation on the big stage. Three years of post-
    Christmas collapses. When the pressure mounts, Derby shrivel. Tom Ince is a class act. Will Hughes
    is a wonderful technician. Darren Bent a proven poacher. So it must be the manager’s fault, right?



    Crack the whip: Nigel Pearson’s approach was not received well by the dressing room

    Steve McClaren was supposedly too soft, too focused on flamboyance to rectify a lack of fortitude.
    Clement was too defensive, Darren Wassell too inexperienced, Nigel Pearson too confrontational.
    The latter was so frustrated by his side’s “frailties” that he let loose in a furious dressing room tirade,
    only for a delegation of players to go crying to Morris. Instead of telling them to grow a pair, Morris
    sent Pearson packing.

    When McClaren returned in October, Morris reasoned that the former England boss was the only
    man who’d ever got the best out of a squad fussier than Goldilocks. Now that he’s ‘failed’ too, will
    Derby’s owner finally acknowledge that maybe – just maybe – it is the players who are the problem?

    No footballer deliberately plays badly. Nobody wants to lose. But something stinks in that dressing
    room and only a clear-out will rectify it. Rowett’s arrival will no doubt spark a revival, but the new
    manager can’t let himself be fooled. The Rams have more chance of reaching Narnia than the play-
    offs. As Arsenal prove every spring, it’s easy to perform when the pressure is off. Take last year’s
    play-off semis. Pathetic in a 3-0 home tonking to Hull, Derby won the second leg 2-0 when they’d
    already been written off. Cue players spouting guff about “proving points” when all they’d really
    done is argue the prosecution’s case.

    Having blown so much of his fortune on wages and transfer fees, it is understandable that Morris
    would feel compelled to plough on, like a banker frantically covering a rotten trade. But the time
    has come to admit defeat. Sell the stars. Give Rowett the funds. And let him build what he did so
    successfully at St Andrews – a team far greater than the sum of its parts. What Derby have
    constructed is the polar opposite.

    The League Paper



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    Re: How do you solve a problem like Derby County?

    Post by norfolkram on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 11:24 am

    Bang on the money.Morris has to take a huge part of the blame undermining Clement and Pearson. Rowett must be given free range to rid us of all the dross no one safe and hopefully a few seasons to sort this mess out.
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    Re: How do you solve a problem like Derby County?

    Post by valakari on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 2:06 pm

    without knowing the facts fully....i believe that there were other issues in getting rid of Clement and Pearson....which any other chairman wouldn't have stood for either.
    These managers shot themselves in the foot, and have got away with being hard done by, in the press!..allegedly
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    Post by purpleram on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 2:06 pm

    It's hard to disagree with any of it.
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    Re: How do you solve a problem like Derby County?

    Post by purpleram on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 2:08 pm

    valakari wrote:without knowing the facts fully....i believe that there were other issues in getting rid of Clement and Pearson....which any other chairman wouldn't have stood for either.
    These managers shot themselves in the foot, and have got away with being hard done by, in the press!..allegedly

    Both were rumours and/or conjecture. Who knows what the truth really was.
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    Re: How do you solve a problem like Derby County?

    Post by New England Ram on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 9:33 pm

    I don't know I imagine Mel is walking the hills of Derbyshire humming edelweiss wondering what you do about a team with no idea Pray




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