GARY Rowett WILL be Derby County’s next manager following the second sacking of Steve McClaren.
It’s yet another knee-jerk reaction from the Derby board and owners who do not understand the meaning of the word ‘patience’…or stability.
Yes, the Rams (my club) were on a dreadful run having been in the play-off picture a couple of months ago. But why make the change now?
Derby should not have got rid of McClaren first time round; nor Nigel Clough beforehand; nor Paul Clement.
One piece of advice for Rowett when he is inevitably appointed is…don’t move house just yet!
Rowett is a former Derby player and is well respected, certainly after his achievements in the early stages of his managerial career at Burton.
He was harshly treated by Birmingham – as many Derby bosses have been in recent years – and deserves another crack in the Championship.
Still don’t agree with or understand the logic of the money-men chopping and changing their manager every nine months or so.
Not so long back, with Derby on a winning run and looking the real deal, McClaren was the mutt’s nuts – how quickly things can change.
I’ve heard some pathetic excuses in my time for managerial dismissals but Derby chairman Mel Morris takes the biscuit for this…
‘We need a manager who shares our values and who is prepared to develop the team’
What values? Those of a board of directors who act on a whim?
Those of a board of directors who appoint a manager because he is ‘the best man for the job’ one minute – and then bin him the next.
Friday’s 3-0 defeat to Brighton, which left Derby ten points off the play-offs, was embarrassing, I have to admit.
The players need to take responsibility for the slide – as do the men in suits. After all, they are the ones who make these managerial appointments.