Teams: Derby County, England and Ireland
GSE - Taking us forwards or taking us backwards??
Since last season finished, I and along with other fans were (slightly!!) optimistic that this coming season, with the introduction of a few new faces , would be promising that in previous seasons
However, recently my optimism has turned into somewhat disappointment and slight nervousness towards the up-coming. I know this has usually been the case, but I just feel the decision to get rid of Jason Shackell, is quite frankly disgraceful and completely un-justified. First of all, to tell him to another championship club is crazy, but to justify £1.1 million is just awful. The idea to 'build' the rest of the squad with a moderately small sum isn't going to be easy at all, and to bring any quality player to help develop the squad is beyond impossible.
With still nobody into replace Shackell, worries me as we are presented with Mark O'Brien and Jake Buxton being our starting centre-half partnership doesn't ring alarm bells, but certainly doesn't give me confidence of finishing in the top-half never-mind the play-offs.
But moving on to GSE, since they have been here...when I actually think about it, what have they done to improve the 'team' rather than corporate, academy, and other projects they have embarked on. This season, they have spent money on putting in a big screen into Pride Park to replace the old score board. My argument being is this really necessary and is this really going to help the 'team' or rather help Derby to become a more attractive business proposition.
Since GSE's arrival, we have finished 18th, 14th, 19th and 12th respectively, which doesn't really show any signs of progress or ambition from them in trying to get us out the the championship.
At the moment, I find myself being very annoyed and angry that again they are trying to operate on a cheap budget and trying too hard to over-rely on our academy to make progress. I know many Derby fans share this same view of lack of investment, and it's already been reported that many fans are asking for season-ticket refunds due to the lack of ambition from this board, and in small-part to Nigel Clough's naivety in the transfer market
At the moment, I can only see another season of mid-table bore fest ..which for the main is starting to get slightly frustrating
Is really hoping one day we will create footballer's who are actually creative rather than have 'great' engines...is that hard to ask