Derby had another close run season last year, narrowly missing out on promotion in another year of wasted opportunities and poor management.
Manager Paul Clement splashed the cash on players like Jacob Butterfield, Bradley Johnson, Nick Blackman and Marcus Olsson.
They started the season well and were around top by Christmas but badly fell away in the New Year, resulting in the sacking of Clement who was replaced by academy coach Darren Wassall.
Wassall was criticised for tactical ineptness but led Derby to the play-offs, where they were beaten by Hull in the semi-finals.
Now with Nigel Pearson in charge who won the Championship with Premier League Champions Leicester a few years ago, the fans are confident they have the right man to lead them forward.
They have made no major signings yet but will hope Pearson spends the money wisely as Clement’s signings like Bradley Johnson and Nick Blackman badly flopped.
They need to get some support for Chris Martin up front as Nick Blackman failed to do it last season. They also must clear the deadwood from the squad.
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