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‘Derby fans might be a little underwhelmed’ – Rams eyeing former Leeds United manager: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Former Reading and Leeds United boss Brian McDermott is reportedly on the shortlist of candidates to take charge at Derby County. 

Phillip Cocu was sacked over the weekend and The Mail on Sunday has reported that McDermott is on the Rams four-man shortlist, which also includes Eddie Howe, Nigel Adkins and Roberto Di Matteo.

But would the former Royals and Leeds boss be a good appointment? And is he the right man for the job?

We quizzed our FLW writers…

George Dagless

Hard to say.

I think Derby fans might be a little underwhelmed by it to be honest, given he has been out of the managerial game for a few years.

He obviously won promotion with Reading and that goes for him but he’s had tough spells at other clubs, too, and I think Derby fans would like a different name that they can get excited about in all honesty.

He could do a good job, I just sense there’d be a feeling amongst Rams supporters it could be an appointment that doesn’t really whet the appetite.

George Harbey

I’d be surprised by this one.

McDermott hasn’t done anything in management since leaving Reading in 2016, failing to replicate the Royals’ success under him in 2012.

The 59-year-old has been out of management for some time, and in that time, the Championship has become a lot more competitive and a lot tougher to get out of, and I think he may find it hard to grind out results.

I think Derby need to bring someone in who can motivate a group of players, lift spirit and morale and get them clicking almost immediately, and for me, that man is Paul Cook.

If they keep on losing games, that gap between themselves and safety is only going to get bigger.

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Jacob Potter

This is an interesting one.

McDermott hasn’t been involved in football in a managerial role since he left Reading in 2016.

He has recently been working as a scout for Arsenal, but does have a promising record in the Championship, especially with Reading.

He guided the Royals to promotion into the Premier League in a hugely impressive league campaign with the Berkshire-based side.

I do think there are safer options out there for Derby County, to be honest, but that’s not to say that McDermott couldn’t replicate the success he had with Reading whilst with the Rams.

It could prove to be a shrewd appointment by Derby, but I would be very surprised if they were to push ahead with a move for the 59-year-old.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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