Whilst we are hopeful over the appointment of cocu, lets remember that we haven't kicked a ball yet.
What Frank achieved shouldn't be forgotten. We wouldn't even have Cocu if it wasn't for the transformation which frank delivered.
suddenly rowett achieved a respectable 6th? Better than frank according to some. A few reminders might be useful.
dropped vydra for the final play off games
fulham away 0-2 and a Malmo award for not even trying
sunderland home 0-4, burton away 1-3
the oldest team in all four divisions
signings we are going to lose money on
feelgood factor throughout the club
transformed the playing style
tremendous away wins at west brom, norwich and leeds
play off finalists
built the foundations of a good team
provided a pathway for younger players
put Derby on the map again.
We are right to be disappointed to have fallen at the final hurdle. We can look at the last 20 minutes at Wembley and think "what if". But who would have thought that we could even tear villa and leeds apart like we did. Would Rowett's teams have ripped into the opposition like that? Not a chance.
We are right to be disappointed that frank left after only one season albeit for his dream job. The communications were mis-managed and the final goodbye's were somewhat brief - even abrupt. It feels like we were ditched because the harsh reality is that we were. The feelgood factor was somewhat soured but that shouldn't detract from a terrific season and some real progress made.
Are we the finished article? No, not at all.
we were over reliant on loans, and we still have a significant number of rowett's oldies and flops to content with. We have alot of players whose contracts are ending. We have a slightly unbalanced squad. Frank would have no doubt addressed these issues.
With Cocu,its now a big step into the unknown. A step we had no option but to take. Lets hope it works out but its too early to say that we are far better off with the new man, or that he is more qualified to manage Chelsea than Frank is.
We are bound to have to take a step backwards before we can go forwards again. We've wasted half the summer watching the managerial shenanigans unfold, whilst potential signings have gone elsewhere. Its put us back - maybe by a whole season. But whats done is done.
Time to move on.