After three consequetive defeats and not one home win in the league Derby County have, at long last, sacked Nigel Clough. Most home fans will breathe a sigh of relief because since he has been appointed Derby have lost ten thousand fans.
I can understand the austerity program because the club was in dire financial straits when he arrived and his policy of developing academy talent and scooping up lower league protegees was obviously common sense.
Unfortunately it ended there. Derby County, despite a sensational support base, became a run of the mill average championship club of little interest to anyone beyond the bounds of Derbyshire. That is actually untrue because Derby County are a really big club with support from all over the world.
However, since the appointment of Nigel Clough, the club has made no progress. They have remained a run of the mill, middle of the table, average Championship club who have continually frustrated their fans. At home they are a joke because the defence is suspect and when things go wrong Nigel did not know what to do.
I have a huge sense of relief tonight. I await the new appointment because make no mistake this is a good job. I want someone with ambition but this squad is tailored made for people who can develop a club like Martin O'Neill or Steve McLaren. The squad is sound they only need a leader.