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  1. Cameron Jerome - Signed 18 month deal

    I'm not really a fan of Cameron Jerome but then I'm not the manager. If Rowett thinks he could come to Derby, do a job and contribute to our promotion push then I'm more than happy to support him in that decision.
  2. George Thorne

    Well, Thorne has the chance to put his case to Rowett now Ledley is out for the short term...
  3. v Brum (A) - Predictions

    Birmingham 1 Derby 2 Lawrence first goal scorer
  4. Birmingham City F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    Birmingham 1 Derby 2 Lawrence first goal scorer
  5. Nelson Oliveira

    I thought the word from the club was that we would have to sell to buy and that we were predominately looking at loans? Unless Martin goes for a similar fee this kind of transfer wouldn't appear to fit the bill...
  6. POLL: The McClaren era(s)

    I voted yes on the basis that he got Jim Smith's team playing the best football I've ever seen a Rams side put on display (35 years old) Repeated the feat for a time on his return but an apparent inability to turn it around when things went south ultimately did for him in my eyes. Nice while it lasted though...
  7. Gary Rowett “under consideration” for Stoke job

    Just taken a look at a few of their forums. A poster on one reckons that (drum roll!!!) Alan Nixon is saying that Stoke have already approached their first choice and are in discussions with their employer regarding his availability. They seem to think that means it's Martin O Neal. Obviously I don't have any idea whatsoever if this is remotely legitimate, just thought I'd throw it out there...
  8. Strongest Midfield Pairing

    It's a great but challenging dilemma to have. As others have said, if fit and firing they would all walk into the starting line up of ninety five percent of the rest of this divisions teams. I went with Thorne and Huddlestone for their composure and quality on the ball. Having said that, I can't really see much detriment in having Ledley paired with either as his work rate and tenacity certainly add something to the side. I really hope we manage to get Thorne signed up and back to something like his old self for the run in. I still feel that he still has the potential to make a big contribution to this club if only he could finally get a bit of luck!
  9. Manchester United F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    I suppose if the bus is on the pitch it can't drive him back to the home counties ten minutes before time...
  10. Manchester United F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    Yeah, it's not a gripe as much as a general observation...
  11. Manchester United F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    As a general rule of thumb though (and again it's a guess) I'd say we have been a pretty consistent fixture in and around the top six over the last four or five years. I know we have had blips and downturns along the way but we were rarely a million miles away. I'm not saying spending guarantees anything at this level but it probably makes you a better bet is all.
  12. Manchester United F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    It did to a degree. We may not have been promoted (yet, hopefully though) but we have generally been competitive since we decided to spent more after Clough went. I don't have the numbers infront of me but I'd guess most teams promoted to the Premier League have access to greater wealth than those that don't. Of course it is possible to spend unwisely and make mistakes but if you have deep enough pockets (this being the key factor) and spend enough over a prolonged period I'd argue it does a club more good than harm from a competitive perspective. It's basically why the same handful of clubs win all major competitions every year...
  13. Manchester United F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    I just don't really understand the urge to gloat over beating a team that has about two percent of your annual revenue!?!
  14. Manchester United F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    You get the same with most of the 'super clubs'. I find it very curious that, especially with their younger following, they don't seem to understand the reason they win most games is not because they are inherently superior as a club but because they are simply vastly more wealthy than ninety percent of the teams they play. They seem totally oblivious to the fact that if Torquay had spent as much as they have over the last twenty five years they would be in a similar position.
  15. Manchester United F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    Someone is going to ask sooner or later, soooooooo...how did Thorne do!?!

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