This maybe pessimistic, but I don’t expect Frank to stick about if he gets us up/does well.
Not doubting his loyalty or anything, just the manner of the modern game.
With the carousel of Managerial appointments and Chelsea and other leading major clubs you’d have to fancy them prizing him away with the promise of giant war chests and European football.
Would be lovely if he fell in love with the club/city/area/fans and became our Ferguson....but it’s very unlikely, isn’t it?
When Marriott and Waghorn were playing last night they had a much bigger influence and impact than Nuge and Bennett.
I’d say Lawrence and Wilson has about the same kind of impact.
Waghorns touch, movement and contribution were at a much higher level than Bennett.
For me id start Marriott up front and Waghorn instead of Bennett v QPR.
I really want Mason to do well but if he was any other player and not ‘one of our own’ calling for him to be dropped for a few games wouldn’t cause anywhere near as much controvicy.
Tonight confirmed to me that Bennett & Nugent should not be starting, the lack of quality is ridiculous at times. Also the worst i've seen Bogle tonight, they let Bennett & Bogle have so much space which wasnt exploited but pressed Malone & Wilson as soon as they got the ball.
Need to start our better players asap, over 10m of attacking players not starting when our front line isnt producing, need to make changes for QPR
I’d describe it as tedious really... we weren’t abysmal, but we never looked in any danger of creating anything until that mount block shot not long before the equaliser. Think it’s the annoyance that it was so predictable when Lampard stuck with underperforming and tired players like Bennett and Nugent that’s frustrated people more. Watching players like that play and do nothing game after game when we’ve got other options is extremely frustrating.
But no, lacklustre is the correct term. Just more same old, same old.
Well personally, I think it's disgusting that a football team from a certain country is largely made up of players from that country. If I supported Derby I'd have serious reservations about this, but then I don't support Derby because that would be small minded provincialism. I support all football clubs from across the globe equally.
He was good but mount was robbed of that award, best individual performance by any player this season imo against such tough opponents. Praise due to the whole midfield mind, Johnson was excellent as well.
Some of the negative comments on here about Mount are unbelievable . He may sometimes try too hard , but his skill, vision and involvement are exceptional for someone of his age. He was very unlucky not to score last night.
Like Lampard, he needs to be given time. He will get even better during this season .
I thought defensively we looked strong....but midfield onwards was a shambles at times...when frank decided way to late to make changes it made us less effective. Entertaining but poor would be my assessment of the game.
Difficult to continue reading this thread without divulging what I KNOW as opposed to speculating. Having said that, it’s good to see the majority being quite supportive of a Derby player in the absence of FACTS, and without knowing the first thing about the lad, which doesn’t stop those that seem to want lambast his character, let alone his playing ability, frickin’ incredible!
Let me start by saying, I’m not the player, I’m not related to the player, I’m not his agent nor a colleague, and I’m not speaking on his behalf or with his prior knowledge or permission, and no doubt he would probably I kept my gob shut rather than wading into the debate, but bolleaux to it!
What I can say is that I have “connections who have connections” close to the player, within DCFC and also at one or two other clubs including Hull.
Let me continue by giving you my understanding of some recent events that hopefully lay to rest the accusation that Butterfield is “only in it for the money” and somehow lacking ambition and self pride. The truth is the polar opposite.
During the summer transfer windows, interest from a handful of clubs came in for JB. I’m assuming that FL had already cleared it for the player to talk to interested clubs if he wished to. Nothing concrete developed before the deadline so attention turned to the loan window. More interest, vague talks in principal etc. Etc. and two or three clubs emerged as the front runners, Hull being one of them. It’s worth bearing in mind by the way that, according to contacts and social media, JB became a proud father only 2 days before loan deadline day and I’m told they didn’t leave the hospital til well into the deadline day itself, so I suspect that he had more than just football on his mind!!! (I’m also told all are doing well btw, just in case any of you actually give a poo about one of your own!) I’m also pretty sure that this would have had a heavy bearing on where he would have preferred to go, although from what I know of him, regular football and his career development are key to him, and NO club would have been ruled out for his own good, the good of DCFC, and the good of his new employers. In any event HULL became the club that wanted him.
As is common with transfer deals everything became last minute. I understand Hull we’re also looking at a player from Boro to add to the CM and Elphick deals done earlier in the day. However, as it unfolded, their attention turned to JB. Terms were agreed at the death with DCFC, everything was in place......but! I’m told the paperwork landed with his agent seconds before 5pm. By the time they were signed and returned it was literally 2 minutes AFTER deadline.
I’m also told that both Hull and the player’s agent appealed to the FL, and that a hearing held last Thursday returned the inevitable “the deadline is the deadline” decision. I’m also told that all parties concerned did everything possible to “get this deal done”as they say, but as is often the case, it was simply left too late. DCFC, I’m told, were particularly accommodating with the player to facilitate the transfer, but matters were out of their control.
So what now for JB. I’m guessing it’s a case of get your head down fella!, train harder than ever, treat every game in the u23’s like it’s a cup final, and for God’s sake smile you miserable b****rd because apparently being of a cheerful disposition is more important then your playing ability, at least according to some of our “fans”.
A message to JB on a personal note: I know what you’re capable of kid. Watched your season 14/15 highlights from your player of the season year at Huddersfield again recently and mate, honestly, sometimes it’s like watching Modric or Iniesta. Just need the right manager playing you in the right position (deep lying midfielder for me btw!) Particularly frustrating because I know FL’s possession based style is right up your street. Ironic and sad that the best exponents of this new style are yourself and GT, but both of you are getting overlooked! Let’s hope that now the distractions of the transfer windows have gone things might change.
Tomorrow’s a new day, so new start! Graft hard, believe in yourself, and give Frank some selection problems! Let’s see what happens or what January brings.
Onwards and Upwards!
Article in the Sunday Times
"When Gary Rowett came in to manage Derby, he said I wasn't his type of player and I wouldn't be playing as much as I'd like. I had to leave" - Will Hughes
That's all you need to know about Rowett, right there