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Paul Scholes' Derby Dream

Started on 10 April 2014 by BlackpoolFc
Latest Reply on 30 April 2014 by BlackpoolFc
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Paul Scholes Announced Derby County Manager
A dramatic change has occurred at Derby which has seen Steve McClaren quit his post without even a single game being played. The reasons as to his resignation are yet to be revealed. Derby County have acted quickly and have appointed recently retired Manchester United star Paul Scholes. This decision may come as a surprise to many as Scholes has never expressed a particular desire in management, especially not at Derby County, however, the former England man has been chosen as the man to take Derby County forward.
Sky Sports believe that it is initially only a one year contract, with Scholes needing to impress in his first season with the club. We will see in the coming weeks how his back room staff will end up, however, there is no indication as of yet to say that he will be making any changes at all.
With Scholes being a well known quantity in the football world, Derby fans are said to be absolutely ecstatic! They are hoping for some big things here at the iPro Stadium and promotion will definitely be what everyone is thinking of. More on the story to come...

Paul Scholes Exclusive Interview
We have an exclusive interview for you today from the new Derby County manager, Paul Scholes. Our team here at ESPN met up with the new Rams boss outside their ground this morning. Terry Jones was the reporter.
TJ: Paul, how does it feel to become a manager after so many years playing?
PS: Well, it is certainly a very different experience so far. I haven’t really done too much so to speak, only made a few minor back room changes but other than that I am just getting used to my surroundings. I like the feel of the place here though, I feel as though I important, people look up to me. You know?
TJ: Yes certainly. Erm, do you have any plans regarding signings for the upcoming season?
PS: Well, I have got one loan deal pretty much sorted but other than that, I am not really too sure where we need to strengthen, I am very new to the squad see, so I will need to gather together some of my own reports from our first few friendlies and see how the squad looks then. We have a few key players out injured at the moment, Thorney and Barks especially. I have a fair amount in the pot for signings and I am looking to offload a few which should generate some cash.
TJ: All sounds well to me. What are your realistic aims for the season? Given that it is your first season in management, I doubt you will be aiming to win the league by 10 clear points eh?
PS: No, no! I think we can look at maybe pushing for a playoff spot, 6th would do us nicely this season, give us a chance of going up but if not, it would give us a very strong foundation to build on for next season.
TJ: Very well. Thank you ever so much for your time and we wish you all the best of luck here at Derby County.
What happened to the other story?
2014-04-10 20:25#168608 EdenHazard17 : What happened to the other story?

Realised there are too many Southampton stories

Deals Done At Derby

Derby County have today announced the signings of 4 players. 3 permanent and one loan deal with one departure to add to the changes.

The first signing was a loan one, Jesse Lindgard, a product of the Manchester United youth academy. The Englishman, aged 20, has high hopes and will be looking to impress during his loan spell. This is his second loan spell in two years having spent a short while on loan at Leicester City last year, making only 5 appearances.

The second signing, a young Liam Clark, 16 year old Englishman was unattached at the start of the season and Paul Scholes was first to pick up the ‘keeper. Clark is showing bags of potential and could maybe be their first choice one day.

The third signing, Cyrus Christie from Coventry City. This signing cost Derby County a mere £575k. Paul Scholes was quoted saying, “£575k for a player of his quality, I don’t know what the Coventry Chairman is smoking but I certainly want some!” Judging by this quote, Paul Scholes must have high hopes for the young 20 year old. With the supposed potential to be a Premier League standard right back, the world is at this boy’s feet.

The final signing we have to bring you is a strange one. Joe Mattock, one of the brightest young stars in England at one point. Went off the radar a little after his move to West Brom in 2009, many loans later, he has signed for Derby from league rival Sheffield Wednesday for £350k. This is a signing that could turn out to be an inspired one on Scholes’ part, or a complete disaster. We will just have to wait and see.

The only departure from Derby so far is ‘keeper, Saul Deeney. Deeney was never up to Championship standard and has been shipped across the boarder to Motherwell for just £35.5k. This isn’t a sale that will worry Derby fans at all.

Overall, a bright start to the transfer window for Paul Scholes as he looks to enter August and the start of the Sky Bet Championship season.
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Derby End Pre-Season Well

I must admit I am very pleased with our start to the season. I had seen the fixtures for August and had been rather sceptical about how the month would unveil itself. However, due to some magnificent performances, we didn’t do too badly. We had a bright pre season, winning 3 out of 4 games, albeit against much weaker oppositions. We dominated the fixtures, winning comfortably in the 3 games we did win. Overall, pleased with the pre season:

August’s Results

The month could not have begun much worse, my first home game, in front of the Derby faithful. We took the lead on 31 minutes through a Zak Whitbread header. However, Blackburn equaliser in less than a minute and were then 2-1 at half-time. To say I was angry would be an understatement, I was furious. I told the boys to go and show the fans what they are really made of, but instead, we shipped another 2 goals ending in a 4-1 defeat at home.
We had a chance to put things right mid-week with a Capital One Cup game away at local team Burton Albion. I had thought this game would be a stroll having already beaten them in a pre-season friendly 3-0. However, we ended up drawing 1-1 after 90 minutes. I told the lads to attack Burton in the second half but credit where credit is due, the Burton defence stood strong. A few tactical substitutions after 90 minutes saw Patric Bamford and Connor Sammon come on to lead the line. The substitutions certainly paid off, Bamford scoring two and Sammon grabbing one. Final Score, Burton 1-4 Derby (AET).
Patrick Bamford
Next up was a trip down to the South Coast to play Brighton and Hove Albion. This was sure to be a tricky fixture as I knew Brighton had some quality players in their ranks. I decided to play new boy Chris Basham at right back, this certainly worked a treat. I played a 4-4-2 for this game as it was a tricky fixture for us and I didn’t want another humiliating defeat. However, Brighton didn’t quite prove to be the force I had expected them to be, as we grabbed a 2-0 victory away from home. Two second half strikes from Connor Sammon and Chris Basham saw us take the game to Brighton who never really looked like breaking through our strong defence. Final Score, Brighton 0-2 Derby.
Chris Basham
Our second home game of the season, we really needed a win to settle the home fans. This game would be hard for us, very hard. However, coming off the back of a 2-0 away win at Brighton, I was feeling confident in the lads, hoping that the opening day against Blackburn was the fluke rather than the Brighton game. We fielded a strong side with Patrick Bamford leading the line on his own. I wanted to attack Leicester from the off, and we certainly did scoring in the first minute. Patrick Bamford with the goal. We then added another through Will Hughes in the 22nd minute. At this point I made sure we defended the lead so I thought we should play counter-attacking football. We went into half-time leading 2-0. In the second half, we had to soak in a huge amount of pressure from Leicester, we did successfully expect one time when Jamie Vardy slipped through and scored with a magnificent finish into the top corner. However, we stuck it out and ended up winning 2-1.
Will Hughes
We then had another long journey to Yeovil Town, Championship new boys. I had rather foolishly expected us to go to Yeovil and grab an easy three points, how wrong was I? Yeovil provided more of a threat than I had ever imagined, scoring inside the first minute through Ishmael Miller. We were then on the back foot for the entire first half, luckily escaping to half time with the score only at 1-0. In the second half, we needed to play with a different manner. Johnny Russell lead from the front, grabbing us a goal in the 64th minute. He really was our saviour in this game, and without him, we probably would have lost. Final Score, Yeovil 1-1 Derby. Johnny Russell
Another cup game came around in August, just to add to our already hectic schedule. This time it was Millwall at home, a tough game I thought, this could end up being a dirty game. We went ahead through Connor Sammon after 31 minutes, after what had been a rather dull opening half hour. Millwall did equalise in the second half through Danny Redmond,on loan from Wigan. This game was one of the worst games I have ever seen, definitely not one for the neutrals! The last thing people wanted was another half an hour, but that is exactly what we got. Connor Sammon again proved to be the cup scorer as he grabbed his second of the game in extra-time giving us the all important lead. Full Time Score, Derby 2-1 Millwall (AET)
Connor Sammon
Final game of the month, would be great if we could grab a win against a promotion rival. It was Burnley at home for us on the final day of August. This proved to be the best game of the month for us, not the best result but a great game. We went 1-0 down inside 20 minutes after an Ashley Barnes strike. We then hit back with goals from Chris Basham, Will Hughes and Johnny Russell. We were 3-1 with 10 minutes to go when Danny Ings scored for Burnley. This would prove to be a nervy final 10 for the Derby boys. However, we defended well and ended up getting the all important win. Final Score Derby 3-2 Burnley. Will Hughes.

August League Table
good start to the season and some decent signings

Derby Transfer Round-Up


Jesse Lingard (Loan - Season)
Liam Clark (Free)
Cyrus Christie (£575k)
Joe Mattock (£350k)
Chris Basham (Loan - Season)
Albert Riera (Free)


Saul Deeney - Motherwell (£35.5k)
Jake Buxton - Barnsley (Free)
James Bailey - Sheffield United (£100k)


Ross Atkins & Adam Wixted - Alfreton
Michael Hoganson - Cheltenham
Mason Bennet - Bristol City
Kwame Thomas & Jamie Hanson - Aberdeen
Josh Lelan - Rochdale
Valentin Gjokaj - Young Boys
Kurtis Revan - Braintree
Ben Davies - Fleetwood

Overall pleased with the transfer dealings, only players I am looking out for whilst they are on loan are Mason Bennet and Gjokaj.

Derby’s One To Watch

Will Hughes

"Will Hughes is one of England’s most crucial players for the next decade”, these are the words of England midfielder Steven Gerrard. The midfielder was interviewed after the 7-0 victory over San Marino last week at Wembley. When asked who will be key for England in the next 5-10 years, he immediately answered with Will Hughes. The 18 year old midfielder has become a regular at Pride Park and is nothing less than a fan’s favourite. He has even caused interest from some of the country’s biggest teams, namely Arsenal and Liverpool.
Wanted man: Hughes in action for Derby earlier this season

Will Hughes has already played in all 4 league games so far scoring 2 and laying on 3 times for his team mates making it a fantastic start for the young Englishman. There is no wonder why this boy is in such high demand. Hughes himself has given us an interview, here is what he said:
“I am enjoying my time here at Derby, a place that has brought me up. Obviously they saw me play when I was at Repton School so since then I have been a part of Derby County. I think this season really is our time to shine as a top Championship team, I want promotion, so do all of the lads. The new boss has come in and obviously he is somebody I look up to as a fellow English central midfielder, I hope I can learn a lot from him whilst he is at the club and I am too. If I can end up playing at anywhere near the level he played at then I will be absolutely delighted. He is a top man and the club and our fans have taken to him brilliantly which is always good to see. I suppose it is hard coming into your first job as a manager, we all know what football fans are like, we are all fans ourselves. I am very pleased with our start to the season and I hope it is a good benchmark for the rest of the season. Promotion is our aim, whether it be via the playoffs o even winning the league, who cares? The promised land wants us Rams back!”

Results for September
Millwall 1-2 Derby (Sammon x2)
Bolton 2-1 Derby (Sammon)
Derby 1-1 Reading (Sammon)
Derby 1-0 York (Lingard)
Notts Forest 0-1 Derby (Sammon)

Manager’s Views

A very mixed month for us as we picked up 7 points from a possible 12. The month leaves us in a good position in the league as we sit in 4th place after the opening 9 fixtures. I am obviously very pleased with the away win in the derby at Forest, a game in which we were predicted to lose heavily. A great team effort in what proved to be another hectic fixture list. Our next game in the Capital One Cup will be at home to Liverpool.

Player Of The Month

Conor Sammon
A fantastic month for the striker who scored every single one of our league goals. He has made a great start to the season with 6 league goals in 8 league appearances. The Irishman has made himself one of the first names on the team sheet and will be hoping to continue adding to his tally for the rest of the season.

Derby’s Future Star

Mason Bennett
Dubbed as the next Michael Owen, young Mason Bennett has very high expectations at Derby. A product of the Derby youth academy, Mason is still only a mere 17 year old. However, he has proved that age is only a number so far this season whilst he has been out on loan at League 1 side, Bristol City. The young Derby man has played 10 games so far for the Robins, netting 6 goals in the process with 1 assist to add. The young lad is also hoping for an England under-19 call up so that he can prove himself as one of the best amongst the youth in England. Derby did well at the start of the season to tie him down to a professional contract before any Premier League clubs cam swooping in for him. Rumours were flying around at the start of the season when he was loan listed that a permanent move to the top flight might still be on the cards, with Newcastle one of the names mentioned. Derby’s future is looking very bright with the likes of Liam Clark, Will Hughes and Valentin Gjokaj all having high aspirations. An impressive season this year in only the league below Derby may result in a step up to the first team for the next year. Who knows what is in store for this young star?
Bold, but yet smart choice to let the youngster go, as he needed game-time to develop. Perhaps you need to bring in a striker that can tutor him next year (if you make it to the PL) for further development, (same with Hughes and Gjokaj) and with the Southampton story ending, if anything, stories with the same team should inspire you to do best, I'm hoping you'll keep doing the Rams :)
Thank you very much Pauker. I am sorry for the late reply, been away for a week. I am definitely keeping this one going and as often as possible! It is a great game for me to play and I am really enjoying it. Hopefully Bennett will have a good season in League 1 and will be playing for me before too long. I am looking for tutors, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. ST, CM and CB needed :)

Results for October

Derby 1-0 Ipswich (Sammon)
Derby 2-0 Leeds (Hughes x2)
Watford 3-3 Derby (Lingard x2, Ward(pen))
Derby 1-0 Birmingham (Sammon)
(Capital One Cup) Derby 1-2 Liverpool (Russell)

Manager’s Views

A very good month which led to 3 wins out of 4. A very strong month from all of the players and I was delighted that their efforts had shown in the table. I was also pleased that my effort was recognised as I picked up the runner up in the Manager of the Month awards. We now sit comfortably in 3rd place, just 4 points off top spot, with 13 games played. There is a long 33 games to go but I am pleased with the squad and how they have performed this far in the league, I have every confidence that they will continue to play well throughout the season, leaving us in a good position come the end of the league campaign.

Player Of The Month

Will Hughes

Will Hughes (Shown above celebrating his second vs Leeds United) had a fantastic month for us notching up an average rating of 7.38. He scored 2 goals and assisted with 1. The month was a great one for the young lad and hopefully more is to come. Hughes now has 4 league goals and 6 assists with 3 PoM awards.

Scholes Bags New Deal
The Derby County manager has clearly done enough since joining the club in July 2013. He has so far taken his Derby team to within 2 points of 1st place. His team are currently 5th in the Sky Bet Championship and this is exceeding the board’s season expectations. The fans at Pride Park are also very pleased with their new man after Steve McClaren walked out on the club to join Premier League Swansea City. The players are also behind their boss and he has brought his own players into the squad, with the likes of Cyrus Christie and Joe Mattock. These new boys have fit in very well and that shows us what sort of a club Scholes is building. Scholes’ original contract only ran until the summer and Derby obviously wanted their man to stay with them and feared interest from bigger, more established clubs. However, Scholes has kept his feet on the ground and stuck with the Rams instead of searching for bigger and better things at other clubs, a really good attribute for a manager to have.

The new contract will last until June 2016 and Scholes will be on £16,250 p/w. Scholes has told us that he isn’t in it for the money, he just wants to help the Rams to become a successful club and prove himself as a manager. He did joke about becoming the next Manchester United manager after David Moyes, who doesn’t look to be leaving any time soon with United leading the Premier League, having not lost a single game yet this season. The Derby board have already accepted one of Scholes’ requests, which is to find a feeder club, to whom Derby will be able to send out loan players to gain first team experience.

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