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  1. So it’s not been a good year so far for the academy teams. I was wondering why this is. We had quite a few players leave and obviously have a lot in and around the first team squad that would do otherwise be playing in a lower age group.. But still, I’m wondering what effect our embargo is having … we can only sign scholars, right? No one on a professional contract so if we scout out a good young talent, we can’t actually sign them. Meanwhile our better younger players have left us … Gordon, delap, brown to name three. Possibly for financial reasons? So my thinking is that this embargo is not just having an impact on our first team but also on our young teams … and frankly that doesn’t quite seem right. We’re punished via points and embargo in our first team and also in our youth teams.
  2. The way the Newcastle fans have treated Steve Bruce has been truly awful. Steve Bruce is a big fan of the club and it’s his dream job and yet the geordies have been treating him terribly. I am glad for him that he doesn’t have to put up with it any longer.
  3. sorry to say that We lose this one. 1/0 to cov. no frgs.
  4. I can see both sides here. Sometimes his decision making seems reallly poor. He’ll turnaround when he has options ahead and it’ll end back at the goalie from a Promising attacking position. Other times he’ll do a trick or move past someone like they’re not there and setup an attack or a shot. I can’t help but feel we’re a much better side with him in it and I just wonder if max bird has benefited enormously from having ravel with him in the midfield. For me max has improved massively this year and is starting to fulfill his promise. im not sure I believe all this about him not being fit to play the full 90 minutes. I just think Wayne seems insistent on subbing him off after 70 minutes. I recall Baiano had the same thing, (anyone remember him, one of the best players I’ve ever seen in a Derby shirt) he always subbed off after 70 minutes. I didn’t get it then and I don’t get my it with ravel now to be honest. …. And why oh why doesn’t he wear the number 4 shirt? RAV4. It’s a no brainier.
  5. Allsop 3 Byrne 6.5 Buchanan 8.5 Jagielka 7 Davies 8 Shinnie 7 Bird 8 Morrison 7 Knight 8 Jozwiak 7 Lawrence 7
  6. I want to get behind Wayne, I really do. But he’s such a scruff bag! I mean at yesterday’s press conference he was in a baseball cap and still unshaven. Come on Wayne, get a suit out for once!!
  7. Yes, it’s a bit of a non story. Perhaps I should apply for a job with the telegraph?
  8. Might not be an appropriate time to mention it, but we’ve just had the one so far this season … but then again we haven’t scored or conceded too many so difficult to get an equaliser when that’s the case. Fingers crossed if Luton score on Tuesday we can chalk a second one up this year!!
  9. We win this one 3/0. First scorer… ummm …. Bird.
  10. Ah yes he’s in the team vs. Albania. just as I thought, rested last time.
  11. Has anyone else noticed that the BBC “rams daily” podcast has been running for around a week and already there hasn’t been one for three or four days?
  12. My assumption was that he was being rested?
  13. So we had Yankee Doodle Derby and Abu Derby, what is the thread name for Mike Ashley/sports direct Derby?
  14. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/10/01/arsenal-owed-8m-Derby-krystian-bielik-club-step-search-new-owner/amp/
  15. So I’m now hearing that we still owe Arsenal 8 mill for bielik and lech Poznań 2 mill for jozwiak. I don’t know how I could feel leaving a club owing so much to so many … and leaving people to lose their livelihoods on the process in order to pay for my own mistakes. I really really want to have sympathy for Mel. I really do, but this week and these revelations are starting to really get to me. It was Mel that made those commitments … and other people that have to pay for it. I’d love to ask him about this and understand his point of view, because from the outside it’s beginning to really stink. I think we need him back on radio Derby answering questions from the fans.
  16. Rams to win. 2/1 first scorer could be anyone. Let’s go for stretton!!
  17. Ah. The dream is over. £5m needed in the bank. I’m out. 🙁
  18. Derby to win 2/1. FRGS… Lawrence.
  19. I hadn’t realised he was actually doing anything. Was he at games or training? I haven’t seen any photos or video content. If he was at DCFC on a full time basis surely we could have actually used him for what he was good at … coaching.
  20. Can we get the game today on rams tv?
  21. Mel Morris is getting such a hard time at the moment from everyone in the press and around the club. Maybe they are right to be blaming Mel for many of our sins, but I’m just not 100% convinced that it’s justified. What is he guilty of exactly…. So he spent £200m trying to get DCFC to the premier league (tell me if you had that much money that you wouldn’t - even for a second think about doing that for Derby) He spent a fortune on players some of which have not been particularly successful (as many many chairman have across the leagues) He supported our academy, growing young players that have gone on to be sold or are playing in or around our first team - with more on their heels. He gambled again by bringing a premier league legend in as manager and nearly made it, only losing in the play off final. He stretched every rule he could whether that’s accounting wise by pushing expenditure into the academy rather than the football team, playing with agents fees, playing with amortisation, arranging a real with a betting company and selling the stadium to himself. He did those things to try and defeat financial fair play. If others around him were stronger, perhaps they would have convinced him otherwise. I have worked for chief execs like this and you have to be strong to challenge. With any rules people will try and find loopholes and many accountants make a career and a huge amount of money out of doing just that. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying that if there is not enough challenge then people will bend the rules … and Mel did it with the aim of competing with other clubs and getting DCFC to the prem … and how many fans were complaining at the time? Once he’d blown his millions naturally he looked for a buyer to take over … in the process cutting the wage bill drastically over a period of 2-3 years to make the club more sustainable and more appealing to a buyer (“its a clean slate your starting with”). He nearly did this twice and unfortunately covid got in the way. Tell me anyone, anywhere in business that even brought covid into their business plans three years ago. No one could have predicted it and guess what? It cost me Morris apparently £1.25m a month, another £15m then. DCFC reportedly has multiple potential buyers now … where were they before? Well I would hazard a guess that they were just waiting for Mel to do exactly this … and Mel may well have thought that the best thing for the club would be to swallow the pill, get the deductions and start again with fresh, wealthy owners. Whether that’s in the championship or league one. I’m fact I would even suggest that they were putting pressure on Mel to go into administration so that they could buy DCFC at an even cheaper price. Look, Mel did a huge amount wrong, with the Keogh debacle, Sam Rush, believing fake sheikhs and Eric alonso, poor communication, being too bullish, supporting dodgy signings, firing managers, even the final option of administration was another error in my view … I just couldn’t justify myself plunging the good employees of DCFC into financial difficulties, wage cuts job losses etc if I could genuinely afford to keep the club afloat (Rhys just my view, clearly not Mels). But I honestly think the vast majority of what he did was in his view in the interests of DCFC. Perhaps I’ll be proved to be completely wrong. Perhaps he’s one of the worst crooks known to mankind, I just think right now he’s the fall guy, he’s getting a huge amount of stick and he’s suffering because of his poor communication and his failure to properly say sorry. I just wonder, I really do if he did this because it was the only option left on the table that would ultimately secure DCFC a strong and prosperous future, potentially, eventually back in the premier league where we belong. I really hope the above doesn’t offend anyone. I really wouldn’t have taken the drastic step myself and I can’t support Mel on doing that, I’m just saying that in his head perhaps he genuinely thought he was doing what he thought was right for DCFC.
  22. We win this one of course. rams 3 blades 1 ravel to score first for us.
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