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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from angieram in gamble v proven?   
    Spot on Mafia.................personally I like to keep things simple! 
     
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from Inverurie Ram in gamble v proven?   
    Sky interview with Mel Morris September 2015
    "You can never guarantee when you'll get in the Premier League. I believe we'll get there when we are ready," Morris adds. "It doesn't have to happen this year – we've told Paul that. 
    "If it's not this season, then we'll redouble our efforts next year until we get there."
    .Good post Lazio....................have a like. 
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to LazloW in gamble v proven?   
    It really is as if nobody listened or remembered what Mel said at the start if the season; buildong long term stability, not constantly changing managers, promotion not a requirement this season, etc etc etc.  Unless something has gone very wrong with their relationship then all these threads about replacing PC are completely moot.  Not going to happen (now I've written this he'll be sacked on Monday of course).
    In terms of proven versus gamble, i think every managegerial appointment is a gamble.  There are no guarantees. We've appointed all types of manager over the years and you can never predict what will happen. All depend on the bigger picture and a bit of luck one way or the other.  One thing I would just note is that current form aside, we are still 5th in a very competitive league and only 5/6 points from automatic.  I suggest that writing off any manager who took us to the top of the league at Christmas is a tad short sighted and just a bit churlish.  Just my view,,of course.
     
     
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from David in Would you have Steve McClaren back?   
    .............and without those thirteen games a win ratio of 60% in 70 league matches, way ahead of anybody in the clubs history!
    Interestingly, Nigel Clough had nine league games prior to the defeat by Forest which led to his sacking in the 2013/14 season, his record was W3 D2 L4.  If we lose at Fulham today Clements record over the last nine league games will be, yep you guessed it.....................W3 D2 L4.
    Just goes to show you can do anything with statistics..................mind you, if in the next couple of weeks you see a thread entitled "Would you have Nigel Clough back" then you know things really have gone pear shaped! 
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to Srg in Fulham v Derby County   
    All these changes will be a stroke of genius or an admittance he's not a clue what he's doing. 
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to GeneralRam in Would you have Steve McClaren back?   
    I wouldn't have Mac back just for the sole reason the heart of the team he had has now been ripped out and chucked in the bin.
     
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to David in Would you have Steve McClaren back?   
    Come on you can't speak for the entire country, I'm simply separating fan expections from club targets set from the boardroom as both will be wildly apart.
    Yes McClaren was successful at Derby, he turned this club from being mid table also rans with attendances dropping by the season into a club with a real buzz about the place, trip to Wembley and football to be excited about. Home attendances rocketed and started selling out away allocations.
    He raised the bar which is why the levels of expectations are where they are today.
    Would he be out of a job had the Newcastle speculation been handled better or never happened at all, we still didn't make the play offs with the same key injuries?...I think he may well have been which is why I think it's unfair to assume autos were the target. 
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to David in Does he go?   
    When Newcastle showed an interest in McClaren he was accused of showing no loyalty to us by not rejecting them. Fast forward a year and some fans are calling for the head of our new manager 6 months in to the job, 3 of which he was nominated for manager of the month and we've lost just 5 games, where is the loyalty from the fans?
    We take the piss out of Fawaz and Cellino for firing managers so quick yet here we are discussing getting rid of our manager 6 months in.
    This is the first real bad patch under Clement and we have a 12 page thread just over 12 hours after a draw to Preston calling for his head is unbelievable, I'm not saying we should all be sitting here clapping away with a big smile on our faces and accepting what is being served up on the pitch but to call for Clement's head already is ridiculous. 
    Performances haven't been as entertaining as they were under McClaren true and I was a huge huge fan of McClaren and absolutely gutted when he left, this is also not exactly fitting in with "The Derby Way" we was told about, some games have even been shocking and yes I was one of those half fans that walked out when the 3rd went in against Birmingham but we need to stand back and look at the situation.
    We employed a rookie, never managed before in his life, to think he wasn't going to come in and make mistakes is naive, listening to Mel at the time saying he would be here next season regardless tells me at least he has his head screwed on and wasn't expecting us to walk the league which even with £25m spent was never going to happen.
    People are looking at Boro and trying to compare us which is natural but what has Karanka had that Clement hasn't? time, this is his 3rd season and only now are they looking like going up. They haven't become this solid unit overnight, it's happened over those 3 seasons which Karanka has had time to work and tweak the squad yet we're expecting the same in 6 months because we've spent a load of money.
    You can't just throw money at it and expect everything to gel straight away and for me that's been our biggest mistake this season, the quantity of signings. 
    I'm not saying we need to give him 3 seasons but we've seen signs under Clement how solid we can be during that unbeaten, he's not the clueless gnome in the dugout that some make out to be. This is a massive learning curve for him and if we don't give him the chance to fix it we could be getting rid of someone that could make us look very foolish in a few seasons.
    Look at the table, promotion is still a very realistic target, ok the auto's maybe slipping away from us and it might not be pretty but the play offs are still more than achievable and still unless FL rules have changed a legitimate way of promotion. 
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to RadioactiveWaste in Does he go?   
    the grass aint always greener. I really want Clement to turn this round. If anything, I think pressure is generating a negetive feedback loop, the team are in poor form, Clement goes cautious, players lose faith, the team look poor etc.
    Perhaps it's time for him to go against logic and instincts and stats and just say sod it lads, you're better than fulham, go out there and enjoy yourselves, here's their good players, heres how they let goals in. trust yourselves, i trust you to do a job for me rather than 46.4% of thir attacking passes go to x <etc>
    The first season under McClaren we had 11 players all in the form of their lives playing above themselves and loving it. When that happens it's rare and special.
    last season we often had enough in form to cover the ones in poor form but they were still more together than this.
    Before the whole change the coach thing, Paul and players, be brave, stand up and remember there's nothing to fear in this league.
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to Chris Mills in Does he go?   
    Fans will talk but I assure you it's not even close to the board even thinking about sacking Clement let alone talking about it or acting upon it. 
    Mel said at the fans forum Clement will be manager next season no matter where we finish this season. 
    Just give it up and accept he is here for the next 9-12 months at least. 
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from Chris Mills in Does he go?   
    All interesting stuff this, but, only one blokes opinion counts
    Sky interview with Mel Morris September 2015
    "You can never guarantee when you'll get in the Premier League. I believe we'll get there when we are ready," Morris adds. "It doesn't have to happen this year – we've told Paul that. 
    After the play-off final two years ago, our then-manager Steve McClaren said if we'd been ready for the Premier League, we'd have got there. He was right.
    "If it's not this season, then we'll redouble our efforts next year until we get there."
    ................................I could be six feet under by then! 
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to SaintRam in Does he go?   
    Don't see why we need a head coach. Just place this forum at the top and watch the unparalleled genius of a few on here take Derby to the Champions League.
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    Old Spalding Ram reacted to StaffsRam in Clement   
    As has been mentioned a few times, Mel's role is to sign the cheques. Sam's role is to get the players who've been targeted. Surely it's the Manager who tells them who he wants. 
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from Rev in How soon is TOO soon to judge Clement?   
    Taken from the Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jan/27/paul-clement-derby-county-form-manchester-united-fa-cup
     
    “When you go two games without a win at a club like Real Madrid it’s a crisis but [as assistant] you don’t feel it like the manager feels it,” he says. “I was absorbed in coaching, thinking about training sessions and motivation. When you’re the manager, all my thoughts are about team selection and managing the players and less about coaching. Most of my time is on selection. You have to take the advice of those close to you and block out the noise. I try to keep some balance; don’t get too desperate about it. I know a good performance and a win is around the corner and then I won’t get too excited about it.”
    ..................personally I'd file this thread under n for noise!
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from OohMartWright in Is automatic promotion beyond us?   
    Excellent article in today's Guardian from Nick Miller.
    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jan/25/derby-county-manchester-united-fa-cup-fourth-round-paul-clement
    "The flip side of this is that the expectation that comes with the high-profile recruits, along with the crippling fear of Derby managing to find another new and interesting way of messing up a seemingly inevitable promotion, means that emotions are heightened and reactions to blips can easily be more extreme."

    ....................heightened emotions, extreme reactions, Matchday Chat here I come!
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from Grimbeard in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from Phoenix in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from richinspain in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from Wsm-ram in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from rynny in Razza Camara   
    Oh yes...............and jumpers for goalposts. 
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from RiddingsRam in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from Dimmu in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from DarkFruitsRam7 in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from JupiterRam in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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    Old Spalding Ram got a reaction from TigerTedd in Razza Camara   
    Stick him straight in.
    Saturday heavy rain, maximum 6 degrees, FA Cup third round, Hartlepool away, full backs built like brick shi*houses, long ball wallop, pitch like a bog, crunching tackles and half time bovril, in my day they called it character building!.................welcome to England Razza.
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