Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
Brown May Trim Squad
Derby County manager Phil Brown says players may have to leave Pride Park in order to help him further strengthen the squad.
Brown has bolstered the defence this week by bringing in young centre-back Andrew Davies on loan from Middlesbrough and experienced full-back Marc Edworthy, who was a free agent having left Norwich City.
"That's not the end of the signings, only the beginning," said Brown, who also wants to improve the midfield and strike-force - and has players in mind.
He would like a total of five or six new faces and a squad of 23 or 24 players for the new Championship season but admits he may have to make room in the budget.
"I fully understand the financial restraints and I have to work within those, meaning one or two players could move out," he said.
"There is a stranglehold on the back four at the moment and I might have to alleviate the pressure to make space for a midfield player or striker coming in.
"A new broom tends to sweep clean. I'm not of that ilk but I know one or two may have to go because I also want my own players in."
As well as Davies and Edworthy, the other recognised defenders on the books are Jeff Kenna, Mo Konjic, Michael Johnson, Richard Jackson, Jamie Vincent and Paul Boertien.
Brown says he is also speaking to the agents of out-of-contract defenders Pablo Mills and Chris Makin, adding: "Both have a good chance of being offered deals."
All this points to possible departures and will lead to speculation over the futures of a number of players, particularly the defenders.
One of those will be left-back Jamie Vincent. He has not been in the first team since November, mainly due to injury.
Along with Jeff Kenna, he was told by former manager George Burley at the end of last season that he was free to find another club. Both are under contract until next summer.
Brown remains aware of the interest in key players Grzegorz Rasiak and Inigo Idiakez, who have been linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the manager is keen to keep hold of the pair.
"I have had no concrete interest from Wolves," he says.
"I believe they were interested in the players before I came here and that was an ongoing scenario.
"As far as I am concerned, until Glenn Hoddle picks the phone up to me there is no interest
There's definately too many defenders in the squad now, especially those who can play full back, you would think it would be easier too tell Mills and Making too find a new club, and not give them contracts, but there has been signs that Browns wants to give them contracts, so who is likely to be shown the door, or who do we want to be shown the door?
Vincent must be the first one, been injured too much and is constant rumours that he/his wife wants to go back down south.
A second has to go IMO, Kenna? told he can leave by Burley, but I would hope he will stay.
Konjic, he really started too look like he was past it, after returning from injury last season.
No way do we want rid of Jackson or Johnson, and Boertien is still injured and Brown has stated in an interview, that when he's fit again he is in his plans.
For me it's Vincent and maybe one other. Too make room for a couple of midfielders and maybe a striker.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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