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    northantsram reacted to Jourdan in v Forest (A) Carabao Cup Match Thread   
    I feel really sorry for Cocu.
    I don't think the Derby job is the hardest in the division. But the circumstances he walked into were certainly more challenging than people appreciated and the lack of patience from the fans only adds to the challenge.
    He arrived eight weeks ago at a club reeling from a play-off final defeat and at a club who had just spent the whole summer being publicly toyed with by Lampard and Chelsea. 
    He arrived eight weeks ago to a depleted squad - four key players (Mount, Johnson, Wilson and Tomori) from last season were gone and two more (Holmes and Marriott) carried major question marks over their long term fitness.
    He arrived eight weeks ago to a club whose fans had already anointed him King Phillip and were positive that his arrival would lead to a glorious promotion playing football in the classic Dutch style along the way.
    He arrived eight weeks ago to a club who had not really fully prepared for or anticipated his arrival and as such were scrambling around for signings with no obvious strategy in the final week of the transfer window.
    Cocu took a big risk taking this job and putting his reputation on the line. For his first job in English football, he certainly could have picked an easier job. I don't envy him at all when you sit down and take a moment to consider everything.
    How easy is it coming into a club with a recent history of impatient fans and an impatient owner? How easy is it coming into a club who expect to be competing for promotion year on year? How easy is it coming into a club where the gloom needed to be lifted?
    How easy is it coming into a club where the squad needed to be rebuilt? How easy is it coming into a club who thought signing Rooney and being on the front page of the Sun was more important than genuinely addressing five or six gaps in the squad?
    That's the reality facing Cocu. Give the man a break.
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    northantsram got a reaction from SKRam in Calm down, calm down   
    Thank god a bit of perspective... we are all disappointed when we lose but some of the behaviour is a joke.
    Although its like this at most clubs .. not just ours.
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    northantsram reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    OK – the controversial stuff first; while it’s perhaps understandable that folk are annoyed that we’ve let a winning position slip, some of the criticism of Waghorn and Lowe is unwarranted IMO. Starting with Wagger’s missed pen, it wasn’t good but it wasn’t awful either. Chris Martin missed a few I seem to recall as do most at this level, so perhaps it’s not the foregone conclusion that many seem to think. Consider if you will the England team’s penalty shoot-out record for further confirmation of this point and these being the top players in the country. If we have to play the blame game then it's Phil's fault for insisting a striker take them when really it should be whoever takes them best. I think he’s been brilliant thus far though so he gets a pass from me. I loved Lampard but Cocu is in a different league IMO.
    As for Lowe, some comments are embarrassing. Sorry, they just are! He's been our standout player, Bogle aside, but remains a young and relatively inexperienced one at this level. Maybe he should have stayed on his feet, ok, but if you have to lambaste someone then the cheaty. diving **** and the ref seem much fairer targets. The fact is Lowe didn’t give away a penalty, the ref got conned. Why the vitriol? He’s a kid and has struggled with his confidence before now so let’s cut him some slack, shall we?
    Moving on to the game, overall, yes, it’s disappointing that we've let a winning position slip but to my mind, West Brom are the best team we've played this season and I'd be pretty sure they'll be in the play-offs again at very least yet we were worth a point at least. A draw then, is no disgrace, surely, and was probably a fair reflection of the game anyway. I actually thought we looked pretty polished at times, even in midfield so there are plenty of positives to take forward and our luck, or lack of it, will most likely balance out across the season.
    Looking forwards, Bielik is approaching full match fitness / sharpness as is Jack. We have Jayden and Duwayne to return and a certain Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings. These guys along with Keogh are the most important in our squad and we’ve yet to see them all play together, even once. Cocu and his team will also be getting to grips with what is required in this league so unlike many teams in the div, it can be sensibly argued that we have huge scope for improvement. With even an ounce of luck we could be sitting pretty on 10 points right now chaps, above the likes of Fulham at time of writing, who added £100 million of talent to their squad last season. This after the massively disruptive Lampard debacle, a truncated pre-season, some significant players being out injured and the loss of Wilson, Mount and Tomori. Perhaps then, we overestimate the quality of other teams in the div while judging our own performances rather too harshly? 
    While my detractors will doubtless write my reasoning off as rose-tinted, happy-clapperesque, or my personal favourite, utterly deluded, I genuinely feel much more confident about this season than any since 2015. We'll challenge this season, mark my words. The 'marathon not a sprint' maxim is something of a cliché but it's very true of this league nonetheless and there's a danger of overemphasising the importance of early season form anyway. With most of our players beginning the year a tad undercooked, some significantly so, they'll be a deal fresher than many at the business end. I'd rather this than the Bielsa method of having your squad trained to the minute for game one, but flagging in the last half dozen.  I’m pretty certain we will improve steadily through to mid-season and then finish strongly, injuries notwithstanding, so I’ll not be panicking any time soon.
    So..... My advice to all Rams fans and especially those focusing on the negatives right now is grab a beer, head to the garden to catch some of this beautiful weather, be happy or at least content and dare to dream. All that stress will kill you!
    COYR
     
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    northantsram got a reaction from IslandExile in Calm down, calm down   
    Thank god a bit of perspective... we are all disappointed when we lose but some of the behaviour is a joke.
    Although its like this at most clubs .. not just ours.
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    northantsram got a reaction from taffyram in Calm down, calm down   
    Thank god a bit of perspective... we are all disappointed when we lose but some of the behaviour is a joke.
    Although its like this at most clubs .. not just ours.
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    northantsram reacted to IslandExile in Calm down, calm down   
    After the fun of the Lampard season, I dreaded who we might appoint. But Mel pulled off a major coup and I was elated when we appointed Cocu. We all were...well bar 3 out of 500(?), look back at the survey results.
    The general consensus was that he was to be given time to build something sustainable and for the long term, utilizing the academy. Not least because we could not buy promotion like Wolves did and now Fulham are trying.
    But, look what's happened, we've not played well against Stoke, made a couple of errors and so lost to a decent Bristol side and mayhem has ensued. The forum is in meltdown.
    I understand the frustration. I'm getting old fer chrissekes. We all want to see Derby back in the top flight as soon as possible. But sheesh.
    After a few poor appointments (Mac2, Clement, Pearson and Rowett - actually that's quite a lot), Mel has learnt the type of manager that can deliver the "Derby way".
    But with a tight budget, it will take time. Mel knew that when he gave PC a 4 year contract.
    Cocu is absolutely the right man.
    He needs a couple of transfer windows to shift the rest of the deadwood and bring in players to plug the gaps that cannot be fulfilled by academy graduates.
    This new batch of academy graduates looks the most promising - probably ever in terms of numbers. But they need time, they need to gain experience, they need a chance to iron out the inconsistencies all young players have and time to improve their decision making. It's not going to happen overnight.
    Like it or not, this really has to be a "transition season".
    Let Cocu mould the team. Let the academy players learn their trade and become deserved first teamers.
    I'd guess L***s and Fulham will be promoted automatically this season, then there are a lot of teams vying for the playoffs. I'd be surprised if we're one of them.
    So, let's instead enjoy the development happening in front of our eyes. Those of you lucky enough to go to the games, enjoy the fun of going to a football match.
    The future for our club hasn't been this bright for a long time.
    Cocu and Mel are building something special.
    Relax and believe.
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    northantsram reacted to BathRam72 in v Bristol City (H) Match Thread   
    This is how I see it.
    Several new managers at the start of the last few seasons (for what ever reason) does not create stability.
    This year on the back of an illustrious career both as a player and manager, expectations have once again soared. However the manager has come into what on paper is a team who with the right guidance and loans are or should be a top 6 team. He only had a short introduction and pre-season. This did not help him both in terms of assessing the team and deciding where we need strengthening, also put him on the back foot with regards the time to find the right replacements. He has inherited new signings that he didn't sanction but has to live and manage that.
    Only time and a couple of transfer windows will really tell whether his philosophy works. So he needs time and I hope he is afforded that. 
    Bristol have had a certain amount of stability and have a manager who has experience in the championship. All this meltdown by certain people after 4 games and our first loss smacks of panic, those who can't look at or see the big picture in life. Heaven forbid you get a position of authority.
    Yes there were more than a few poor performances, probably down to getting their heads around a new system and playing style. Some maybe are getting towards the end of their career. There are those who just don't perform regularly. We still have some very good players coming back from injury.
    I for one will look back in December and then decide whether it is going to be successful season. Even then, teams have a late burst.
    Chill everyone
     
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    northantsram reacted to Ambitious in v Bristol City (H) Match Thread   
    Roos
    Keogh           Clarke
    Lowe                            Bielik                        Malone
    Dowell                      Knight
    Lawrence
    Marriott                       Waghorn
    Please? 
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    northantsram got a reaction from dcfcfan1 in What a Manager we have!   
    Agreed, Think we are a few players short.
    A classy  attacking midfielder and winger would make a massive difference to this squad... unfortunately we are going to have to wait until January to adress this.
    Rooney can be the classy AM but it may be more difficult to find a quality wide player without big bucks.
    Cocu needs time but you can tell he knows what hes doing.
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    northantsram got a reaction from derbydaz22 in What a Manager we have!   
    Agreed, Think we are a few players short.
    A classy  attacking midfielder and winger would make a massive difference to this squad... unfortunately we are going to have to wait until January to adress this.
    Rooney can be the classy AM but it may be more difficult to find a quality wide player without big bucks.
    Cocu needs time but you can tell he knows what hes doing.
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    northantsram reacted to Half fan in What a Manager we have!   
    Sir Cocu's calm and precise analysis of the Stoke match surely shows a master at work.
    He's unhappy at four points lost, despite a far from ideal and rather short pre-season. This shows the high winning standard he has set for the squad. No talk of the last 12 games being the key to promotion - every game is the key to promotion from August onwards.
    He explains how he saw the first half today and why he made what some saw as baffling changes. He then describes succintly the resulting improvement whilst calmly listing the failings which need to be eliminated.
    He doesn't talk about Plans A or B, he analyses what's happening in the match and changes formations, tactics and players as soon as the need is evident.
    Our captain who's had more than his fair share of club and international managers, says training is an eye-opener. Gradually, we can see why.
    Sir Cocu is taking our club to a higher level than I can recall in many decades. No banal generalities, no superficial banter with the interviewer. The players ere expected to work hard mentally as well as physically.
    It seems to me that Frank relied on a team formula of hard work, energy, and pressing whilst he motivated the players with his personality, humour and winning determination. Frustratingy it didn't always work, especially away to inferior teams. In contrast, our new management is more cerebral and concentrates on developing each player's technical and positioning and adaptability skills, as well as the team performance. So those players of any age who want to improve themselves and be stretched will relish the fabulous opportunity. Those that don't or can't will fall by the wayside, if the steely glint in the manager's eye is anything to go by.
    Of course there will be setbacks and disappointments. But there's some real building work going on here and it's a privilege to see it unfold.
    Thanks DCFC for the astute and synergistic investment in facilities and management.
     
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    northantsram got a reaction from SaintRam in Jurgen Locadia - Joined Hoffenheim   
    Just seen mate soz ! Cheers
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    northantsram reacted to admira in England Rams   
    Come January, 4 of the all time top 8  capped players for England will have either played for or managed Derby. Looking at the list, I don’t think any other club can say that. 
     

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    northantsram reacted to Ellafella in Pre Season Friendly v Rangers (A)   
    I think we have to be realistic. Last season Lampard applied a sticking plaster in the form of Mount, Wilson and Tomori. They’re all gone. For good.
    So we’re in a rebuild / transition scenario. We won’t have any loans in place for maybe a week or so and will be a work in progress. 
    We’ve got Holmes and Marriott to come back so they’ll be some added competition. So,let’s get behind the new management. They know what they’re about. 
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    northantsram got a reaction from Wignall12 in George Evans on pre season & playing centre back   
    I seem to remember when we signed Craig Forsyth from Watford they had mainly used him as a winger. He really established himself as a full back when he came to Derby.
    Maybe Evans will be the same, strikers are very rarely physically imposing these days and maybe his passing ability from the back will be seen as a big weapon.
    You cant argue he hasnt looked decent in the games he's played at CB so far.
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    northantsram reacted to Jourdan in Pre Season Friendly v Rangers (A)   
    On my forum bingo card:
    ’Cocu is the Dutch Pearson.’
    ’Keogh is finished.’
    ’Come back Blessing Kaku. All is forgiven.’
    ’If we had started Martin, we would have won 4-1.’
    ’14th at best.’
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    northantsram got a reaction from Zag zig in George Evans on pre season & playing centre back   
    I seem to remember when we signed Craig Forsyth from Watford they had mainly used him as a winger. He really established himself as a full back when he came to Derby.
    Maybe Evans will be the same, strikers are very rarely physically imposing these days and maybe his passing ability from the back will be seen as a big weapon.
    You cant argue he hasnt looked decent in the games he's played at CB so far.
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    northantsram got a reaction from Derby blood in George Evans on pre season & playing centre back   
    I seem to remember when we signed Craig Forsyth from Watford they had mainly used him as a winger. He really established himself as a full back when he came to Derby.
    Maybe Evans will be the same, strikers are very rarely physically imposing these days and maybe his passing ability from the back will be seen as a big weapon.
    You cant argue he hasnt looked decent in the games he's played at CB so far.
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    northantsram got a reaction from cannable in George Evans on pre season & playing centre back   
    I seem to remember when we signed Craig Forsyth from Watford they had mainly used him as a winger. He really established himself as a full back when he came to Derby.
    Maybe Evans will be the same, strikers are very rarely physically imposing these days and maybe his passing ability from the back will be seen as a big weapon.
    You cant argue he hasnt looked decent in the games he's played at CB so far.
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    northantsram got a reaction from DarkFruitsRam7 in George Evans on pre season & playing centre back   
    I seem to remember when we signed Craig Forsyth from Watford they had mainly used him as a winger. He really established himself as a full back when he came to Derby.
    Maybe Evans will be the same, strikers are very rarely physically imposing these days and maybe his passing ability from the back will be seen as a big weapon.
    You cant argue he hasnt looked decent in the games he's played at CB so far.
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    northantsram reacted to Raich Van Carter in Harry Wilson - Joined Bournemouth   
    For me, there’s no way Wilson will make it into the Liverpool side. He’s a good player and I like him but he’s just not good enough (and never will be) for that very top level. 
    He’ll go for for a Prem loan but won’t get much game time is my 2p. For his development he’d do well to come back here (game time, fans love him, etc) but I doubt it’ll happen. He’ll want to play at a higher level you’d have thought and you can’t blame him for that. 
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    northantsram reacted to Mostyn6 in Phillip Cocu, Chris Van der Weerden & Twan Scheepers   
    this deserved more love.
    My quality is wasted on you lot <Grrrrrrrrrrrr>
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    northantsram reacted to Begley in Phillip Cocu, Chris Van der Weerden & Twan Scheepers   
    Villa fan in peace.
    Philip Cocu was my number one choice to be Villa manager when we got Smith. He is outstanding quality, plays super football and would be a dream appointment for Derby imo. If u can get 4m for Frank and get Cocu in then that will be the best piece of business done in the Championship this summer. With Cocu you will get promoted. If I was Chelsea I would prefer Cocu to Frank.
    Fcuken awesome appointment if you can pull it off!
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    northantsram got a reaction from Officer in Starting 11 next season   
    Bit off topic but imagine this team and formation (assuming we signed tomori)
                           Roos/ new GK
               Keogh         Davies        Tomori
    Bogle                                              Malone
                      Holmes        Shinnie
                                Lawrence
                     Marriott             Waghorn
    I know its not Football Manager but let me explain why i think this would work....
    In Defence Davies is a rock but not really a ball playing centre back so he would act as a kind of sweeper, Tomori and Keogh given a bit of licence to break through the midfield.
    Full backs both better attacking than defending so having the extra centre back would mean less defending.
    Holmes and Shinnie would provide a decent balance of energy and closing down and creativity.
    I still believe no 10 is Lawrences best position and he would be a major goal threat down the middle.
    Marriott and Waghorn...   both hard working , both score goals.. Waghorn perhaps better at holding the ball up and marriott at running the channels.
    Can you tell im excited .. please stay Frank!
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    northantsram reacted to JuanFloEvraTheCocu'sNesta in Mel Morris on melSport with Jim White   
    I hope he signs off by telling Gibson to eat a bag of dicks.
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