II seem to remember that at one point last season I was unable to post about managerial casualties as they happened – and once again I was unable on Saturday night when Nigel Clough was dismissed from Pride Park. More tomorrow, but I don’t think it was just losing to local rivals Nottingham Forest that caused the Derby board to rethink their strategy. As I implied before the season began, the Rams have been a bit like the Grand Old Duke Of York over the past few seasons and so I’m putting the move in the ‘change of direction needed’ category. Tony Mowbray is now the longest serving manager in the Sky Bet Championship although you’ve got to wonder how long he’ll hold that accolate – Middlesbrough lost 2-0 at QPR yesterday.
Update: well that didn’t take long. Steve McLaren has just been appointed Head Coach at Derby. He’d been an assistant coach at QPR since getting sacked from Twente Enschede in February. Before that? Manager of Nottingham Forest. For ten games.