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    richinspain reacted to AdamRam in v Charlton Athletic (H) - Matchday Thread   
    What's the punchline 😳
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    richinspain reacted to eezzeetiger in v Charlton Athletic (H) - Matchday Thread   
    If it means anything, I thought you were excellent.
     
     
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    richinspain reacted to reverendo de duivel in Max Bird.   
    Everyone else seems to have their own topic, I think Bird deserves one too.
    Really came of age I thought tonight, excelled in the role he had to play once Bielik was sent off, took responsibility like a man and was integral to our performance.
    Not since Will left have I made the decision to stop watching the overall play and just focus on what one player was doing for any period of time, but I spent the last few minutes of the 1st half just watching Max.
    His movement, always wanting to receive the ball, making angles to be in the best position, and his use of the ball once he'd received it were top notch, as was his sensing danger when the ball was ahead of him, and positioning himself to suit.
    With a fair wind, he's going to develop into some player.
     
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    richinspain reacted to ThePrisoner in Cocu at PSV   
    I always start my sentences with a full stop. 
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    richinspain reacted to ilkleyram in If your reading this Mel.........   
    Hope you had a good Christmas Tyler and happy new year when it comes.
    I wouldn't argue that the recruitment team shouldn't be scrutinised but I would argue that we fans (and Ramage) are the last people who can properly do so because we have no knowledge about who they might identify as possible players or the practical restrictions under which they might operate. All we see are those that actually join us. That's why the constant criticism about what they do is unfair. The scrutiny they receive can only be done from within the club by those who know what they actually do and the restrictions on them. And I do hope that scrutiny is happening because those who run the club should know if mistakes are made, that people learn from them and that they are not repeated. 
    You mention three players. I suspect that the wages and length of contract of each of them were nothing to do with the recruitment team whose job it is to identify possible signings only. Negotiations would be done by someone else - probably Sam Rush in each of those cases. As a fan you can argue with hindsight that none of the players were worth signing. Fine. I disagree. All of them played well at different times and for different periods. I would like Bradley back in the current team, but that's a personal view. I agree that you can make a good case that none of them were good value for money with the benefit of hindsight. But that's not necessarily the recruitment team's fault.
    The point I was making is that we fans judge the recruitment team's success on pretty limited knowledge - is the first team doing well; do we enjoy watching the players we are paying to see. We have no idea about the practical limitations under which the recruitment team are working, no idea what their aims and objectives are other than to help the manager(s) create a successful team, no idea about the goals they are being set and no idea about who they may have identified (who might have been successful) but who turned us down and went somewhere else or got vetoed by more senior people in the club. That's why I think the criticism they are getting is unfair.
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    richinspain got a reaction from Turnstile in Jack Marriott “ Off the Field Antics”   
    Why can't you give it a rest?
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    richinspain got a reaction from Jram in How long?   
    Not at all. If there was a guarantee that a new manager would improve the situation I would agree wholeheartedly with his sacking. The problem is that football doesn't work like that and literally anything could happen. I just want one manager to be given the chance. At the moment Cocu is in the chair, I personally think that he hasn't been given an opportunity because of the hand he's been dealt. For me it's twist, and hopefully not bust, until this time next year.
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    richinspain got a reaction from Jram in How long?   
    All very good points for me, up until the last paragraph. He hasn't got the players to play his system (I admit it, I've no idea what his system is), so he has to play other systems. After so many managerial changes and injuries he hasn't got enough players to play successfully any system (in my eyes).
     What are his options? Does he choose one system (the diamond seemed to work at least against the opposition we saw it in) and hope that they do well enough to save his job? Or does he keep tinkering, looking at players at his disposal to find their strengths and weaknesses in match situations?
     He really hasn't had a window to bring in his players. He didn't know enough about the players he had to make a valid judgment on them. He has also he terrible luck with injuries. He seemed insistent on using Huddlestone but then lost him. He possibly fluked upon Shinnie but then lost him. Bielik has been in and out. Even Martin must be struggling to keep up with the rhythm of games with the last couple of years he's had.
     I'm  not happy with the football being served up. I don't know if Cocu will be a success. However I do feel that he deserves at least until this time next year to bring in his own players and try to implement his style and system. And I've not even mentioned drinkgate!
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    richinspain got a reaction from 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in DCFC ELVES - THE VERSION THEY TRIED TO HIDE   
    That's the most I've seen Chrissie move without falling over 😂
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    richinspain got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in DCFC ELVES - THE VERSION THEY TRIED TO HIDE   
    That's the most I've seen Chrissie move without falling over 😂
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    richinspain reacted to angieram in DCFC ELVES - THE VERSION THEY TRIED TO HIDE   
    Duane was born for that role!
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    richinspain got a reaction from RoyMac5 in DCFC ELVES - THE VERSION THEY TRIED TO HIDE   
    That's the most I've seen Chrissie move without falling over 😂
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    richinspain got a reaction from SKRam in Rooney at Derby   
    I thought he was supposed to be training Waghorn, not the other way round!
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    richinspain reacted to David in Merry Christmas Fellow Rams   
    Cocu.
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    richinspain got a reaction from IslandExile in If your reading this Mel.........   
    I agree entirely with your post, I will however make a comment regarding the highlighted part. I would hope that Cocu is indeed working with what he has got and not on what the team have lost (loan players, not injured).
     The players you mention are indeed the foundation of a decent team, however there is an awful lot of youth there. I think that Cocu has handled the youth very well up till now. Some complain that Knight was in the team and then got excluded completely. Maybe Cocu knows that in general this is the best for them? Knight played an absolute blinder on Saturday, very reminiscent of his -23 performances. Perhaps letting him take a break completely has let him see what he needs to do to progress? Maybe also Sibley needed those few more months to get to a similar stage to Knight with regards the first team? He is I believe only 16?
     Hopefully Cocu will bring all of the youth through, his record at PSV suggests that he is capable. If he only manages to make half of the current crop of youth players regular first teamers then that would still be 6 or 7 players currently under 21 with only Bielik having cost money. Add the experience of Rooney, Martin, Shinnie for example then as you say the foundation is there, it will just need time and more importantly patience.
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    richinspain reacted to angieram in If your reading this Mel.........   
    ... have a great Christmas - and thank you for all you do for our club.
    All Derby aren't we? 
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    richinspain reacted to ilkleyram in If your reading this Mel.........   
    This is not aimed (only) at you Millennium but at those from Ramage upwards who make similar comments about our recruitment team. Clueless is one of the politer descriptions being thrown about.
    Let me say at the outset that I have no inside connection with our club. A fan simple if not pure. But this constant barrage of criticism aimed at a recruitment team, most of whom we don't know and mostly by people outside the game, seems to me to be unfair. They are a bunch of people unable to reply, and who will never be able to do so in any detail, for all kinds of reasons but prime amongst them confidentiality owed to clubs, players and others. We fans have no idea what they do, who they identify and the restrictions under which they operate. We have no idea whether we, or indeed anyone else, could actually do any better.
    We know about players in the vast majority of cases after the event. When they've come, or not and we get to hear gossip about it; when they've played well, or not.  The recruitment team have to operate ahead of time, ahead of transfer windows and, in Derby's case, sometimes ahead of the appointment of the manager that they're going to be playing for. And they have to work with external forces way beyond their control - including, out of a long, long list, FFP, agents, player wages, player desire to play for a particular club/manager, kids schools, wags views about living in the East Midlands or apart from their partner, Mel or Steven Pearce's or the manager's ability and willingness to spend, age, the willingness of their current club to sell.  For all we know they have identified 20 of the country's top young prospects and been turned down because of one or all of the above reasons.  What if a striker playing for Exeter City was identified and approached by the recruitment team but turned us down because his girlfriend didn't want to move to Derby.  Does that count as a failure? What if said striker wanted £20k a week but Steven Pearce said no and he went elsewhere. Is that a failure by our recruitment team?
    Our recruitment team have identified Shinnie - not bad for a free - Bielik, brought in Bogle and Marriott and others and in time gone by Keogh and others. They've also had players who haven't played so well for us but perhaps the limiting factors have been outside their control.
    I have no idea whether our recruitment is or isn't the problem and I would suggest nor does anyone outside the club. All of our current players - every single one of them - have had periods in their Rams career when they've played well (some periods shorter than others), when most of us have thought 'they're doing OK'.  Collectively they haven't been able to put a consistent spell of playing well over 90 minutes over several weeks for several managers and several years now.  Maybe that's not only the recruitment team's fault.
    Happy Christmas, and peace to all men (and women)
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    richinspain reacted to IslandExile in Moving players out and FFP?   
    😒 Yawn.
    Happy Christmas
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    richinspain reacted to David Graham Brown in Christmas.   
    Can I take this opportunity to wish all at Derby County and all the fans, a Happy Christmas and A Happy and Healthy 2020. God Bless us all,everyone of us. Kind Regards.
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    richinspain got a reaction from Ghost of Clough in Christmas choice of tipple   
    🤦🏻‍♂️With you now
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    richinspain got a reaction from DarkFruitsRam7 in Christmas choice of tipple   
    🤦🏻‍♂️With you now
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    richinspain reacted to Squid in Happy Chrimbo Everyone   
    I'll say it now because I don't know if I'll be on this forum over christmas.
    Hope everyone has a good'un.
    May the next couple of days be filled with joy and booze and food and fun.
    You all deserve it, I mean it. 
    A lot of you may be frustrating, but we're all Derby... even if we have different opinions (Cocu in or Cocu Out)
    If you don't celebrate Christmas, happy holidays, if you do, Merry Christmas!
     
    If I'm not on before new years I just want to also wish everyone a happy new year, 7 days early!
    Remember to try and stick to your resolutions! (If you're making any)
    Lets make 2020 a positive one, better than this one which by all accounts has been pretty poo.
    Up the rams
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    richinspain got a reaction from Steve How Hard? in Cocu in or out?   
    I think that if we have another vote then the out vote will increase significantly. Which is a sad sign of our fan base unfortunately. We've played three (THREE) games since the vote was started. Yes, we've taken one point from those three games but nothing else has changed since. We've still got the same players. We've still got the same injuries.
     However some feel that those three games are enough to change their opinion that Cocu has been dealt a stinker of a hand. Yes, everyone has the right to change their minds but is three games with all the same problems sufficient? Reading was a terrible result, however the performance was much much better. Better finishing and a referee who can see a foul in the penalty area at both ends of the pitch would have produced a much different result.
    Let's forget all that though. Let's listen to those that shout the most, or make flags demanding we sack the manager. F it! I think I'll join 'em! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, COCU OUT!
     Wait a minute, I'm a Ram, not a sheep! Give the bloke a chance FFS!
    COYR.
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    richinspain got a reaction from Squid in Cocu in or out?   
    I think that if we have another vote then the out vote will increase significantly. Which is a sad sign of our fan base unfortunately. We've played three (THREE) games since the vote was started. Yes, we've taken one point from those three games but nothing else has changed since. We've still got the same players. We've still got the same injuries.
     However some feel that those three games are enough to change their opinion that Cocu has been dealt a stinker of a hand. Yes, everyone has the right to change their minds but is three games with all the same problems sufficient? Reading was a terrible result, however the performance was much much better. Better finishing and a referee who can see a foul in the penalty area at both ends of the pitch would have produced a much different result.
    Let's forget all that though. Let's listen to those that shout the most, or make flags demanding we sack the manager. F it! I think I'll join 'em! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, COCU OUT!
     Wait a minute, I'm a Ram, not a sheep! Give the bloke a chance FFS!
    COYR.
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