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Derby County Sack Billy Davies

Derby County has announced that Billy Davies has left by “mutual consent” (the most over-used and illogical phrase since “weapons of mass destruction.”)

In other words, Derby sacked Davies due to the club’s poor run of form this season (with just one win and that was at home against Newcastle). After Saturday’s loss to Chelsea, Davies was interviewed by phone on Sky Sports where he said that his club need six new players in the transfer window to help avoid the drop.

Whether it was those words that put a final nail in the coffin for Davies is unclear. But maybe it was cemented by Saturday’s horrible first half performance against Chelsea where Derby looked like they belonged in Division One (not the Championship) with a woeful performance against the Blues. Thankfully, Derby looked much stronger in the second half and caused Chelsea quite a few headaches. Kenny Miller’s disallowed goal was a cruel blow for Derby and Billy Davies especially since he was definitely onside.

What is it about Chelsea and their effect on teams? For example after Wigan lost to Chelsea at home, Chris Hutchings was sacked. Now the same thing has happened to Davies.

Whatever the final reason was for Davies getting the heave-ho, it’s the correct decision by Derby County. The club’s performances have been getting worse not better, and a more experienced manager would be able to get more out of his players (not that much, mind you, the side is weak in so many areas).

Derby’s defensive weaknesses were ripped apart during a recent match where Setanta Sports’s Pat Dolan and Paul Dempsey pinpointed a big mistake in the back four for Derby, and that’s Davies’s insistance that the players man-mark instead of playing zonal marketing.

The other weakness for Davies was his resistance to put players on the pitch such as Robbie Earnshaw and Benny Feilhaber. Both are experienced international players. However they spend most of their time warming the benches for Derby County.

Derby needs a miracle worker to help the side. Even if they do go down, hopefully they can go down fighting with a boss who will get them to play a much improved brand of football.

In the manager-go-round world of the Premier League, let’s see who the next Derby boss will be. Paul Jewell, Alex McLeish, Chris Coleman or someone else.

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  2. Simon Burke

    November 27, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Cant see anyone saving Derby – Billy Davies as said by Wenger was sacked for overacheiving. Come on, he came up via the play offs and then what – was exposed as weak in the Premiership? Of course. His squad should never have came up in honesty and then to slaughter him is unfair.
    THis does by the way show the inequity of the transfer market. An new man (rumoured to be Ince) will come in and have to wait till Jan 1 to bring in players. This is hardly far on the manager or the club – chances are they will relegated by then. I feel for Davies, I dont think any manager could keep the current players up.

  3. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Feilhaber like all other Americans are s%^$# that should go back to MLS or play College Soccer. Earnshaw? Are you having a laugh?

  4. The Scout

    November 27, 2007 at 12:55 am

    I think Sammy Lee got the sack after a game with Chelsea too!

  5. MJ

    November 26, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    There’s no manager that could save this team from relegation, but there are a few who could at least put some fight and spirit into them so they can go out kicking..McLeish is one of them, so is Paul Jewell, but the problem is no manager worth their salt would take this job.

  6. Hudsonland

    November 26, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    ‘Whatever the final reason was for Davies getting the heave-ho, it’s the correct decision by Derby County’

    Yeah, so. Which manager exactly do you think could save them from relegation?

  7. MJ

    November 26, 2007 at 8:23 am

    If Alex McLeish takes this job, he’s a moron. With the job he did at Scotland he could have a more high-profile, more prestigious club job either in England or Europe than Derby or Birmingham or any of the other Premiership bottom-feeders. Scotland’s WC 2010 qualification group isn’t too difficult as they should challenge Holland to win the group and at the least, make the second-place playoffs, so I could see McLeish sticking around through qualifying if he was to receive a salary raise.

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