All posts tagged with: Steve McClaren

Derby County August Review: mixed start

During this two-week break from the Championship for internationals, we review how all 24 teams have looked in their first five league games. Here’s our assessment of Derby County. What we said in pre-season “With Andre Wisdom, Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone joining, Derby County will have more muscle this year, but not so much… Read more →

Diluted visions at Derby

Exactly a year ago, this blog wrote an article about the structural problems at Derby County. They were in the top six at that time but this blog noted the internal power struggles, which subsequently burgeoned after Nigel Pearson’s appointment. Pearson and Steve McClaren are the two managers they have appointed this season yet lasted… Read more →

Leeds 1-0 Derby: Four Things We Learnt

Chris Wood’s first half header saw Leeds United cap a dominant display with a 1-0 win over Derby County. But what have we learnt from the game? Superior pressing was the key While Derby would struggle to get three players into the opposing half when they pressed centre-backs Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling, Leeds often… Read more →

QPR v Derby: Rams impressing

Steve McClaren began the 13/14 campaign as a coach under Harry Redknapp at QPR. He played a big part in the team’s early season organization and run of 1-0 victories. Following Nigel Clough’s sacking at Derby County however, McClaren took the job at Pride Park. His Rams side then became the best team in the… Read more →

Unsung Hero of the Month: Alex Pearce

Last season was a challenging one for Alex Pearce. Without the say-so of incoming head coach Paul Clement, the board signed the centre-back in June 2015, handing him a three-year deal. Clement did not see the ex-Reading man to be better than counterparts Richard Keogh or Jason Shackell, having had more influence over the latter’s arrival.… Read more →