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  1. Favourite seasons

    Being just a young lad - the Billy Davies promotion season was the first time I really paid attention to Derby - the two seasons encompassing Mac 1 were my favourite. Superb attacking football, played by a youthful team that was only stopped from going up twice by rotten luck imo.
  2. Just 'silly mistakes' is it Gary?

    https://www.theleaguepaper.com/featured/8698/big-interview-gary-rowett-ill-be-ashamed-if-were-not-in-the-top-six/ Have a read of this interview he did in August and see how many contradictions you can spot between what he says and what we've seen this season. "We do appreciate the type of club we are. There’s an expectation on us to play good, attacking football." "you have to win in different ways" “What they needed – and what I’ve tried to bring – is a little more flexibility." "I want us to play, to pass, to keep the ball. But I don’t want to go somewhere on a Tuesday night and find we haven’t got enough fight in the team.” "I certainly don’t think that signing five foreign players represents more of a risk than signing five Championship players." “We want to be challenging for those top two spots and, if not, around the top six,” he says. “If we were starting the season with a target anything less than that, I’d be ashamed to put my name to it.”
  3. Derby County v Brentford F.C.

    If it's possible to labour to a 3-0 victory this was it. Three points and a clean sheet. Job done.
  4. We want them to be more likely to accept the deal, not put them off it.
  5. James McClean

    Regarding the Clough one, I apologise. I got my timelines mixed up (I'm not sure how) and thought his suicide was much closer to his time at Forest than it actually was. However, the fact he came out as gay was part of Clough's reasoning for dropping him. He even suspended him: His manager at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough, suspended him at the time and told The Observer last week: 'I paid a million quid for him. He couldn't score goals and he was a bit dodgy off the field.' https://www.theguardian.com/football/2003/aug/03/sport.comment3 As long as McLean isn't hurting anyone or advocating for hurting anyone I don't see what the problem is to be honest. People have differing opinions on things all the time. Doesn't mean he can't do the job that's being asked of him.
  6. James McClean

    Let me know when a poppy scores or assists a goal! Did you support Bob Malcolm? Arrested for sleeping in his car in the middle of the motorway. Could've killed someone, unlike McLean. Stefano Eranio? Sacked over racist comments made on Italian TV. How about Jeff Hendrick? Arrested and charged for assault. Russell Hoult? Arrested for sending love letters to a 15 year old girl. Our very own great Brian Clough, who froze Justin Fashanu out of the Forest squad because he was gay, contributing to his eventual suicide. Don't make the mistake of thinking everyone who has ever been in the home dressing room at Pride Park is as squeaky clean as you would like them to be.
  7. Why yes he did! “I am extremely disappointed that my time as manager of Birmingham City has come to an end, especially as I felt we were only half-way through the project and I strongly believed we were on course to achieve our objectives,” Rowett said through the LMA. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players, fans and everyone at the club for their support and hard work during my time at Birmingham City. "I wish them well for the future and look forward to my next challenge in the game." https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/744835/Birmingham-news-Gary-Rowett-statement-Gianfranco-Zola
  8. You and I both know that as soon as results don't go our way the crowd will turn on Rowett. I dare say you might even be one of those turning, like you were earlier in the season.
  9. Nothing has been proven yet. We are still only just over half way through the season and there is plenty that can happen before the end of it. We could win every single match, or lose every single match. You never know. If he had kept faith with McClaren we may have been top at this point this season, instead of 12 points behind Wolves.
  10. Just because MM is the owner of Derby County Football Club it does not make him immune from criticism. He can do what he bloody well likes given he's the one who spends all the money and all that jazz, but it doesn't mean fans have blindly accept and praise every single decision he makes.
  11. So your saying because other Derby fans might feel like McClaren, that it was unjust to sack him the second time around, then that's the wrong attitude to have?
  12. Let's say you were given a sales job and your remit on getting the job is to improve sales by 15% until May. Now, you come in and improve them by 25%, and yeah you have a slight dip in sales in February but you are till on target to comfortably beat that 15% target you've been given. Then your boss comes and sacks you citing your sales performance is not good enough. You'd feel that's unjust right given you're on the track to beating your target, wouldn't you? I know I would and I'm sure many other people would.
  13. You can be a Derby fan and still think that McClaren was treated harshly when he was sacked the second time round. These two things are not mutually exclusive.
  14. I think everyone who was at the club when he came back, including the fans were of the opinion that his goal that season was to keep us up. Using that as the target I find it easy to believe he thinks he was unjustly sacked.
  15. External factors do play a role don't they? Like that massive injury crisis we had in the second half of his second season? Not much McClaren could've done about that. I dare say Rowett would struggle if he had Vydra, Davies, Carson, Huddlestone, Ledley, Thorne and Nugent injured like McClaren had Martin, Bent, Thorne, Mascarell, Eustace, Buxton and Grant injured.

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