Weekly Summer Roundup Five

From the highs of Andre Wisdom last week to the lows of Will Hughes this. After being linked with the majority of clubs since his breakthrough into the Derby side it seems that now is the time when Hughes will finally seal a move away from Pride Park. The proposed move to Watford has raised a few eyebrows. The rumoured fee was expected to be higher and the stature of the club was meant to be better and as such there’s some unrest amongst the fan base. There’s also the… Read More

June 22, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Weekly Summer Roundup Four

It would appear that Andre Wisdom will become Derby’s second signing of the summer after club agreed a fee with Liverpool and personal terms with the player himself. We’re just short of a signature at the moment. I can’t remember our club announcing the imminent arrival of a player without him actually being signed but it would appear that everything is agreed and we’re just waiting for the player to return from his holiday and navigate his way to the training ground. *ahem* Odd announcements aside, this is an excellent… Read More

June 16, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Weekly Summer Roundup 3

Hurrah! We have something to talk about this week. Curtis Davies has become Gary Rowett’s first signing in a £500k deal on a two year contract with the option of a third year. Of the few players that Derby have been linked with so far, they have predominantly been defenders so it comes as little surprise that the club has made a move to strengthen the back line. Davies has been captain at his previous clubs and has a wealth of experience in both the Premier League and in the… Read More

June 08, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Weekly Summer Roundup 2

One week on and still fuck all has happened. They must be on holiday. They MUST be on holiday. Even the Rams TV channel has dried up. Maybe we’re really waiting to appoint Corbyn as Director of Football after the election next week as someone kindly tweeted me last week. Nice one by the way. There have been a few players linked this week though. Andy Yiadom from Barnsley, a 25 year old left back just under six foot who featured 33 times for Barnsley last season. He was called… Read More

June 01, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Weekly Summer Roundup 1

So this is the first of a weekly summer roundup of anything Derby related. The summer can be a pretty tedious time given the lack of football, especially this year with no international competition (I’m not counting the ridiculous England friendlies coming up by the way. Four keepers? Why?). So hopefully this’ll give you a bit of an idea of whats been going on at the club if you do miss something. Technically the Championship season isn’t over with Reading and Huddersfield still to play in the play off final… Read More

May 26, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Could Derby cash in on Will Hughes?

Whats happened? In short, Derby’s reigning player of the year currently finds himself as the fourth choice central midfielder behind Bradley Johnson, Craig Bryson and Jacob Butterfield. Hughes lost his place towards the end of Steve McClaren’s reign and under new boss Gary Rowett hasn’t started a game yet. Why? Hughes’ form hasn’t quite reached the levels of previous seasons but he still remains one of the best players at the club. Rowett has sacrificed possession for structure and defensive discipline since he arrived at the club which doesn’t play… Read More

April 10, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Podcast Six

Reaction to the draw away to Nottingham Forest, the sacking of Steve McClaren, the hiring of Gary Rowett and what changes are ahead in the… Listen Now

March 19, 2017 - Joel Clyne

Supporters Charter Meeting

As some of you will be aware, during the early part of this season the club got in touch with various fan groups to invite them to a meeting with members of the clubs board and executive staff. The idea was to help keep fans informed about the goings on at the club and for us to help with any issues that have arose and to help give our opinions as supporters. Myself and other members of the supporters groups were invited to this meeting a fortnight ago. Mel Morris,… Read More

March 14, 2017 - Joel Clyne

A few thoughts: Gary Rowett

As soon as news broke that Steve McClaren had been sacked for a second time by Derby County, it became clear that Gary Rowett would be the next man to take charge at Pride Park. In doing so, Rowett will have broken the odd sequence in which his predecessors have all gone by the first name of Paul, Nigel, and Steve. Twice over. Derby have moved quickly for Rowett, perhaps worried that they’ll miss the boat for a manager who’s reputation is high within the game after his harsh dismissal… Read More

March 13, 2017 - Joel Clyne

A few thoughts: McClaren sacked

I am not a fan who encourages the hiring and firing culture that the club seems to have embedded itself in but the sacking of Steve McClaren was the right decision. Nigel Pearson’s appointment was an abomination and McClaren was hired on the back of that to halt Derby’s slide towards the relegation zone. He did that, brilliantly, with a run of nine wins from his opening 12 matches and the club briefly flirted with the play-offs. Since the turn of the year form and performance levels have been abysmal.… Read More

March 12, 2017 - Joel Clyne