I have consistently praised the appointment of Steve McClaren as Head Coach at Derby County replacing the former manager Nigel Clough. As a geriatric fan I have not been so excited about a managerial appointment since Brian Clough and Peter Taylor arrived in the late nineteen sixties.
In his own way Nigel Clough did a good job but when push came to shove his tactical nouse and decision making ability was weak. We now have a proper, premiership coach and manager with a strong backroom staff and the effect has been immediate!
He is wasting no time in solving team weaknesses. Under the care of the academy coach the first team went 1-4 down to Ipswich at home at half time!! He descended on the dressing room and changed the team. They drew 4-4! We then clearly beat Leeds 3-1 and then went south to a very skillful Watford team sitting fourth in the table and won 2-3!
At one time we were 1-2 in charge and I know that at that point Nigel Clough would have packed his defense and hoped to hold on. More often than not it failed. On Saturday Paul Simpson (first team coach) decided to attack by bringing on a forward (Conor Sammon) and we won 2-3. That is the difference. This new team of coaches want to win rather than just survive.
Today it was announced that the captain of the England under 21 team, Andre Wisdom, was coming on loan to Derby from Liverpool. This boy is a beast with a brain and is just what the doctored ordered for the Rams. I predict that Steve McClaren will at long last, in leading the Rams, demolish his nomenclature 'the wally with the brolly'! This is his time with his club and the outcome has been written!