Derby County 2019/20 preview: Phillip Cocu’s five biggest challenges

Another season, another managerial change for Derby County – but the latest Pride Park appointment made history and is seen as a potential Mel Morris masterstroke. Phillip Cocu, Derby’s first ever non-British manager, arrives in England with a stellar playing career and enviable managerial record behind him. The Championship is an unforgiving slog, however -…… Continue reading Derby County 2019/20 preview: Phillip Cocu’s five biggest challenges

SBW 57: Welkom Phillip

The Rams are back! Chris, Richard, Tom and Anton embrace the upcoming 2019/20 Derby County season and with it, Derby’s first ever non-British manager Phillip Cocu. Is Phillip Cocu an upgrade on Frank Lampard? There’s analysis from Dutch football expert Stefan Coerts, a look at the new signings and the Rams’ promotion rivals.

Season Review: Derby’s 18/19 squad ranked from best to worst

Derby County’s first season under Frank Lampard didn’t end how we’d hoped, but still produced magical memories. The Rams’ new boss had to dip into his squad and would use 29 players in all competitions in 18/19. Here, Ryan Burton ranks every Derby first teamer* based on their performances over the season. Mason Mount -…… Continue reading Season Review: Derby’s 18/19 squad ranked from best to worst

SBW 51: QPR Easter Special

An egg-straordinary Easter weekend sees Derby climb back into the tops six with a last gasp win over QPR, as Bristol City and Middlesbrough stumble. We analyse how important those four Easter points could be, and preview the massive away encounter with Bristol City which could decide the Rams’ season.

SBW 49: Rotherham rout

The Millers are mullered! Chris, Richard and Tom revel in Derby’s six-goal pasting of Rotherham United – was it our best attacking display of the season? There’s also analysis of the Fans’ Forum, and a chat with Stuart Forsyth about his new book, ‘Derby County; The turbulent 80s week by week’.

SBW 47: Villa chaos

Derby’s worst first half performance in years sees an embarrassing 4-0 capitulation at Aston Villa. Richard, Tom and Chris attempt to dissect an abysmal showing and analyse where the Rams’ natural position is in the Championship. There’s also debate on Frank Lampard’s ‘negativity’ comments – is it ever justified to boo your own team?

SBW Monthly: Forgettable February could derail play-off push

When February rolls around, the shudders from Derby fans can be picked up on the Richter scale. 
The Rams undoing several times in recent seasons, the dreaded second month has once again left us wobbling. Derby may be seventh, but the familiar February fear has crept back in. For neutrals, to hold such emotions when…… Continue reading SBW Monthly: Forgettable February could derail play-off push

SBW Monthly: Playoff credentials tested as Cup magic continues

By Chris Parsons January is a testing month. You’re cold, skint and guilt-tripped into cutting out the booze – and that’s before any football. The first month of the year hasn’t always been kind to Derby either. Three years ago a winless January cost Paul Clement his job, and in transfer windows since there have…… Continue reading SBW Monthly: Playoff credentials tested as Cup magic continues