Derby County missed out on promotion narrowly once again last season, with fans consistently frustrated by their inability to show consistency in the run in.
With Darren Wassall no longer manager, fans are optimistic about the future with talented coach Nigel Pearson in charge with Chris Powell his assistant.
Chairman Mel Morris strongly invested in the squad at the start of the season backing manager Paul Clement with a sizeable amount of money.
Jacob Butterfield, Tom Ince, Bradley Johnson, Jason Shackell, Nick Blackman and Marcus Olsson all brought in over the course of the season and Derby were top of the league by Christmas.
But the goals of Chris Martin dried up and injuries to key players hurt their challenge and it slowly faded.
When Clement was sacked in January. Darren Wassall led them to the play-offs, but they were well beaten by Hull in the semi-finals.
Mel Morris is likely to back Nigel Pearson well too and he must bring in the right players if they are to finally make the Premier League dream a reality.
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