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Mick Harford

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  1. On 04/03/2019 at 12:08, RIP Mourinho said:

    As usual the wheels are starting to come off for Derby after Xmas. More to do with the players/club than Frank imo.

    The wobble started when Mount was injured in the FA Cup really. Few of our lot were blaming Frank, but the majority of us know that it's his first season and are just happy to be playing better football than we were last season. Had a couple of terrible games (Blackburn away springs to mind) but you always get games like that.

    He's also slashed the wage bill which has been needed as we have been run badly/criminally for a couple of years.

    Today we won 2-0 away at Bristol City which was an immense result although Tomori went off early with a 'heavy dead leg' and one of Franks signings, George Evans, came in and played centre half (he normally played midfield and has not been great) and was like Beckenbauer.

    4 points from our next 2 should see us into the play-offs, most likely against Leeds. Which will be nice.

  2. We were expecting JT to come as part of the coaching staff to be honest.

    Don't know if wages were a stumbling block (see my comment about previous signings and agents)

    That said, he'd probably do more than a job for us as he did at Villa, one area we are a little weak in is playing out from the back

  3. Rams fan here.

    Must admit I never thought I'd be joining a Chelsea forum unless it was to talk about that 6-4 game back in about 88.

    I've semi-adopted Chelsea as my team to follow in the Prem due to Frank coming to us. A plus is that Mick Harford played for us both, and he's my favourite ever outfield player for the Rams.

    Just to give an idea, last season under Rowett was very divisive for us Rams. Yes we won a few, but by God we were dire and uninspiring. Then we went on long runs without points or a win. Some fans were firmly pro-Rowett (ex-player and all that) and some were anti, with others (myself) just hoping for some continuity given the succession of managers that we have had in recent seasons. But I cannot stress how poor the football was, following Derby was a chore at times it was that uninspiring and devoid of excitement. I'm sure those of you that follow football know that we annually fall off a cliff after New Year, and we duly obliged by limping into the Play Offs last season. There is also a larger story behgind transfers at teh club and the over reliance on certain agent(s) which has led to an unbalanced and bloated squad.

    Then Rowett went, and the usual names were mentioned as a replacement, and we heard the name Lampard mentioned. A load of us thought "why not?" as we've literally tried experienced with promotions under belt, ex-player, previous manager, highly rated assistant and none have worked.

    Frank has been a breath of fresh air, he speaks well and with a purpose. None of the cliched platitudes that get trotted out usually, what he says makes sense. He has brought in youth (39 was consider youth for Rowett) and has manoeuvred a few out. We are blessed to have borrowed Mount off you guys for a season, the guy looks quality and to my mind even passes that go astray are due to players not being on his wavelength rather than inaccuracy. Tomori, to my mind, is a rock. That is not to say both are without faults, but they are young and are why they are on loan at Derby and not still at Chelsea, they will learn and grow.

    The buzz is fantastic around Frank as well, bit of worldwide coverage that we've not had since THAT season in 2007.

    As it stands for a novice Frank has done really well, Leeds outclassed us and we were beaten by the better team, Millwall could have been a draw or snuck a win but we got lucky at Reading so swings and roundabouts and all that. Also we are lucky that Jody M came with Frank, he seems top class and I reckon eventually both of them will return to Stamford Bridge, but it was great to watch that documentary on him on YouTube again.

    I'll post in here periodically to keep you abreast of how things are going, but until then best of luck for the season ahead.

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