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  1. my advise to gary rowett

    For a million and one reasons, that's my favourite post of the year.
  2. Additional fees

    You've hit a nerve @Simsy It's drives me mad. Not just Derby but everywhere. Bought tickets from Ticketmaster recently and it cost £7.50 extra just for the privilege of me giving them money. It's outrageous. The good news is that it was announced a couple of days ago that credit card fees are being banned: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jul/19/charges-paying-card-banned-flights-tax-bills So that's a great start.
  3. Are we in for a busy couple of days?

    To be fair to him, when he said it, he might have expected deals to go through - and as we all know things change very quickly in football and what seems ok today isn't tomorrow, so I wouldn't use it as a stick to beat him with. He may well not have intended to spend time looking for a DM until Thorne broke down again, or he might have been led to believe deals for some, maybe Lawrence or Jota, were in the offing. You just don't know. The business he has done so far has been good, if things take a little longer, then so be it.
  4. Sheyi Ojo

    Both Boro and Fuham can argue strongly that they can offer a better chance of promotion than Derby. I don't think living near his family is an issue as he will have to live wherever he is playing. If anything it's more likely to come down to the amount of game time he is offered. I don't know enough about him to have a view about whether he would be a good signing or not, but unless we can offer him more time on the pitch than the others, there isn't anything we can offer him that's better than the other two. I guess it will just come down to personal choice and his gut feeling.
  5. Tom Lawrence

    Indeed, but Leicester should be pushing for top 8 this season and taking a gamble putting Lawrence in the team is a big ask. Unless he really is that good? If not, he'll just be treading water in the stiffs. I can see him being loaned out again to the Championship and to someone better than Ipswich, which should put us in with a good shout. ps. you can sell us Vardy if you want.
  6. Jon Toral

    I've no idea. I was just throwing out a suggestion. I think I'm right in saying that Gary has said we are after a couple of attacking or forward thinking players, we have been linked with a couple but nothing has been made public about whether things are moving or not, and suddenly a new name comes out of the woodwork. That suggests to me that this guy wasn't first on the list and we were waiting until someone else didn't work out. But as I say, just summising.
  7. Jon Toral

    If we only contacted Arsenal yesterday, suggests that means plans A (Lawrence, Jota?) aren't coming up trumps, so looking at plans B.
  8. Tom Lawrence

    1. The transfer window is open for another few weeks yet 2. The season doesn't start until Aug 4 3. Maybe he will sign 4. Maybe he won't 5. Maybe we've no intention of signing, he was never on the radar even and it's all media/messageboard hype and speculation 5. The sun's shining, go outside and appreciate it a little you miserable old b*****d.
  9. Bryson, Butters, Bradders

    If we had to, as per the OP: Play: Johnson. Offers physicality, very strong in the air, can go box to box when motivated and given freedom to do so. Can score. Not great with the ball but now he can give it to TH to worry about. Bench: Bryson. Needed in a game where we need more thrust with 25 minutes to go. Can play well with Martin. Willing runner, can go beyond the striker and can score. Would need to change formation though as you can't have him in a defensive 2 of a 4-2-3-1. Sell: Butterfield. Absolutely delighted when he signed, thought he would become a real star for us but has really disappointed me and it just hasn't happened for him here. Hard to see where he fits in now. Would still command a decent fee, unlike Bryson. So sell.
  10. v Sunderland (A) Tickets

    I'm happy to watch on telly but both my lads want to go and £10 for U18s is decent, so it's a treck up the A19 for me. Besides, always love the first game of the season, as it's normally all downhill from there!
  11. Grant Leadbitter

    Possibly because he's seen every other manager sacked within a few weeks or months. If I was him, I wouldn't trust myself to build slowly, risk being 17th in November and still be in a job. Rightly or wrongly, that's the culture that's been created.
  12. Ollie Watkins - Signed for Brentford

    whereabouts compared to where they are now?
  13. Ollie Watkins - Signed for Brentford

    The concept might have been introduced around that time, but Warburton's squad wasn't signed on that basis. It was the introduction that led him to leaving if I remember rightly. I'm not saying it's a bad system, and it's good to see clubs being progressive and trying new things, but I don't think you can call it a huge success on the footballing front since it was introduced. In fact you could argue it's no more or less successful than what went before it. Just different. If Derby brought in a new way of signing players and we ended up 9th and 10th two seasons on the bounce, I doubt many would hail it a huge success. I wouldn't, anyway, but maybe I'm in the minority.
  14. Ollie Watkins - Signed for Brentford

    Really? In the last three seasons: 14/15 Warburton and no moneyball - 5th 15/16 Moneyball, 9th 16/17 Moneyball 10th. I'd say it hasn't been a huge success..
  15. New kit revealed 7th July

    Yes, apologies, I was aware of all that and in hindsight it was a bit unnecessary. The point I was making, badly probably, is that they spent a lot of time building up to be something akin to the second coming when in reality it's a new shirt, and not a particularly interesting one at that. It wasn't the money I was having an insincere pop at, it was the hype. And just for the record, I think the media team do a great job. I should know, I work with them on stuff!

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