Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Silence Of The Rams

Not his finest hour.

I have a soft spot for Derby. I have made many trips to the Baseball Ground and thoroughly enjoyed them. I saw Richard Rufus make his Charlton debut there to make my memories even fonder. It was a proper football ground steeped in history and like the County Ground, inextricably linked with the great Brian Clough.

Current Derby manager, Steve McLaren of course, replaced Brian's son, Nigel. McLaren started the season as No.2 to Redknapp at QPR. Redknapp appears to be floundering without him as he is increasingly exposed like the emperor's new clothes. 

McLaren should never, of course, have been anywhere near the England job just as Curbishley shouldn't have been either. Those two could only have been short-listed for the job if the overriding criteria for the job was an ability to keep a medium sized club in the Premier League.

It wasn't a good experience for England or McLaren as the old duffers at the F.A. made another poor choice even if Scholari had been their main target.

However, it can't be denied that McLaren is a superb coach and not a bad manager. He has gone quietly about his business sans the Dutch accent ! Derby have had a good season going almost unnoticed and they currently lie in 4th place in the Championship.

Sadly for County a distinctly average March following a superb December has prevented County from being well away in third place and ahead of moneybags QPR.

Despite many trips to the old Baseball Ground I've not yet been to Pride Park and I'm looking forward to making the trip on Saturday even if I fully expect us to leave empty handed.

I've kept a close eye on the loan market today as it was the final day for loans for this season. Sadly Eagles didn't come home to roost despite it seemingly being a done deal. That is a real shame as he is just what we need.

However, Davide Petrucci has joined us and I hope that he can offer us something although he has had something of a chequered career. I wish him well and hope that he can supply some ammo for our forwards.

Marcus Tudgay went the other way as he returned to Forest. It's difficult to pass judgement on him as wasn't offered a regular start and went from starting in one game to no place on the bench leading many to believe he headed back north a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure he's a better player than we saw in his short stay.

I hope that Dervite has recovered in time to appear at Pride Park ( ipro ) on Saturday. I thought the side had a better look about it on Tuesday although for me, Obika should be starting. We'll see whether Davide comes into the starting eleven but I suspect it'll be a place on the bench for him.

The unrelenting slog of games continues with each one resembling something of a cup final such is the pressure and need for points. The lads have stood up to it well so far. Long may that continue.

If we do stay up then it'll be a remarkable achievement and to some extent will be about how poor three other teams have been as much as our resilience and ability to dig deep and fight.

Come On You Reds !


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