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Madness And Sadness At This Championship Club

7:59 pm, Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Derby County were top of the league in late December but this year they have played six league games and have one win and three draws and have slipped to 5th place in the Championship table, 5 points out of second place and an automatic promotion place.

And they only (only?) reached the fourth round of the FA Cup where they lost 3-1 to Manchester United at home.

In 30 league games manager Paul Clement had managed 13 wins with 12 draws and only five defeats.

But that wasn’t good enough for the Derby Board who have just sacked Paul after only eight months at the club.

As a contrast former Derby manager Steve Mcclaren now the Magpies boss has 13 defeats in only 25 league games and he’s still in the job.

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Paul Clement – sacked today

The Derby owner Mel Morris doesn’t seem to have much patience these days after sacking Steve McClaren last May so he’s pulled the trigger again and on the surface of it – it seems just ridiculous.

This is what the owner has said about the dismissal:

 We are grateful for the contribution Paul has made to the football club but the time is right to make a change.”  When Paul joined us last year we worked with him to develop a plan for the club which we asked him to embrace.

It was clear in this plan, which was briefed to supporters, players, sponsors and all our stakeholders last summer – that promotion this season was not the primary target.

‘The priorities were building on the Derby way and style of football enjoyed in the past two seasons; adding depth and strength to our playing squad; and, developing and improving player and team performance.

Sadly, on these measurements, we have not made enough progress and that is why we have decided to part company with Paul.

I firmly believe that we have one of the very best first team squads in this league. Our players are highly talented professionals who are more than capable of winning games at this level and beyond.

I want to record our thanks to Paul for his efforts in leading the team through the first 30 games of this season and in achieving a top six position at this point. We wish him every success in his future career.

What a weird statement –  seems like he doesn’t like the style of play Paul has Derby playing?

It looked like Paul was doing a reasonable job since promotion this season was not the primary target, but maybe he was too close to the top in 5th place?

Chief Executive Sam Rush said Academy Director Darren Wassall is set to take over until May:

“We are in the fortunate position to have somebody as capable as Darren at our football club and he will be leading the coaching staff with immediate effect.”

“Our focus is to get the team back on track, delivering the style of football and performance we know they are capable of. I know our fans will give Darren, the coaching staff and the team their full support.”

And to think we thought that kind of madness and sadness only happened in the Premier league, but apparently not.

It also happens with clubs trying to get into the Premier League.

It seems like complete and utter madness to us.

And as we have found out over the last year, it’s much more difficult to get fired at Newcastle United – you can lose eight games in a row and still keep your job.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MadisonToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM



    How are you following the U-21 match? Are you there? Twitter? Some crazy live-feed setup?

  • 2 toon kk // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Is Doumbia playing tonight? if so what’s he like?

  • 3 MadisonToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    I see the half-time score/writeup is on the NUFC official site. Maybe you’ve got better info that that, though?

  • 4 MadisonToon // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Newcastle United Under-21s: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Jamaal Lascelles, Callum Williams, Liam Gibson, Callum Smith, Daniel Barlaser, Sean Longstaff, Adam Laidler, Callum Roberts, Seydou Doumbia

    Darlow, Lascelles, Doumbia and a bunch of the kids. Now they’re down a man as well. Hopefully that doesn’t hamper Doumbia’s involvement too much.

  • 5 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:06 PM



    On Flash scores mate

    toon kk

    Cannot get the line up mate, but according to reports Doumbia was suppose to be starting.

  • 6 HarriboNo9 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Madison Toon –

    Flash scores now give you live updates on u21 scores

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Well Newcastle is the exact opposite of Derby it seems!

  • 8 Belfast // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Best squad in the championship imo and spent a fortune in the summer so I’m not really surprised to be honest.

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    I’m at U21 game. Doumbia has looked to try and get in and behind but the young lads aren’t up to much so far. Not great in possession. I think Stoke have been a lot better with their general passing, movement and linkup play.

    Doumbia off at half time. Second half just starting.

  • 10 Belfast // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Online guy you now see what I mean ?? lol

  • 11 HarriboNo9 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Keep the commentary up Laurent Robert 🙂 would love to hear what’s happening and how the lads play etc hard when your in New Zealand to see the younger lads lol

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Moanster – I think I would have objected if the Tinkerman had been hired.

    But it just seems to be one of those times when by design or otherwise everything at Leicester has clicked – a team of nobodys’ with a washed up manager and they are taking the place by storm.
    Whats’ the value of their squad £22.5 million?

    It is Roy of the Rovers stuff.

    As for your restaurant -Kings Palace – did you nip in thinking it was a shrine to your hero King Percy – and hoping eel pie was on the menu.

  • 13 AncientC // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Considering the slow start to the season that Derby had, they are sitting in quite a good position. Mel Morris seems to think Derby have one of the best squads in the division? Derby’s squad looks poor in comparison to a midtable side like QPR.

  • 14 check the toastie // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Clement another Mourinho clone, like Karanka at the boro, Anti football.

    Boring shitty football, only good if you winning stuff, at least we are trying to play good stuff.

    says it all when the chairmen is pretty much saying he’s missing the football Maclarens team played.

  • 15 HarriboNo9 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Very harsh sacking imo as the owner has came out and said he wanted to improve squad (which they have) build depth (which they have) and build a good reserve and youth set up (derby clear top of epl u21 league) he only lost 4 games in 30 (one of the best ratio in England) only been there 8 months and achieved all that ?? Tbh why isn’t he getting a pay rise instead ??

  • 16 Belfast // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Ancient they spent something like 25 million in the summer

  • 17 AncientC // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Belfast – I was just looking up the squad values, I am surprised to learn that the Derby squad has a higher valuation than QPR.

  • 18 toon kk // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    By the way congratulations to your son.
    You will be proud.

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Ed is dispensing justice at the moment quicker than Judge Roy Bean .
    Act the goat —————–Banned

  • 20 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    toon kk

    Cheers mate, yeah he’s stcking his chest out a bit , but then why the hell not, he should be proud.

  • 21 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Well lads were on 72 minutes and still holding on for a draw, having been down to ten men since the 11th minute.

  • 22 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Man U 6 – 0 against Norwich

  • 23 firebug666 // Feb 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Ed need to start blocking ip Addresses

  • 24 ZIPPIE57 // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    cannot see the logic in sacking him ffs

  • 25 custurd // Feb 9, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    “promotion this season was not the primary target”. So… he’s been sacked because there was a very real danger of them being promoted to the premier league?

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