"These were, I have to say, quite easily the ugliest people I have ever seen in my life, and I've been to Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace are at home."
Charlie Connelly, 'Attention All Shipping: a Journey round the Shipping Forecast'; published by Abacus Books, 2004, page 94.
Derby had no gameplan on Friday night, he picked what was a bunch of good individuals but there was no blend as a team. The defence, midfield and attack were all totally separate. No team ethic, no cohesion and no clear plan for how they intended to pick up a result. To me it was fairly clear that McLaren did to them what he did to Newcastle, rid them of any tactics at all and encourage them to be individuals and express themselves. Against the tosh in this division, that may work but against an organised team it comes unstuck and it was too easy for us to beat them.
They're right to sack the man because Rowett is available. I strongly believe that they wouldn't have sacked him if Norwich hadn't sacked Neil, there is no way they wanted to miss out on Rowett because genuinely good Championship managers are in short supply.
Have you seen the Muppet Show........
I thought Pardew was being lined up for Norwich. Shteeve was removed as he had clearly lost the plot and the timing was perfect to get Gary in. That line up made no sense almost 4 upfront at one point but with our constant attacking they barely made it in to our half.