Soapbox Rex Wesson: Nigel Clough is doing a good job on a very tight budget
SOMEONE should tell Phil Garner ("Shame Brian's skills did not rub off on son Nigel", Letters, January 2) that managers do not do deals today the way they did them in Brian Clough's time.
Nigel Clough cannot just go and park himself at some young and up-and-coming star centre-back's house, do a deal and then come back and tell the board, as his father did with Roy McFarland.
There are no Roy McFarlands or Colin Todds about anyway. As you well know, the budget is very tight at Derby County and he does very well to get the players he does.
Don't you think he would like to stop goals being scored against his team?
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He is that good a manager he does not put the blame on players in public but you can bet, like his dad, he will have a word in private.
He's got the team in a decent position in the league. As for the teams down the A52 and the A6, both have spent a hell of a lot more money than him and, in the case of Leicester, they are only seven points above and have a bigger debt.
I do not know what you do for a living but you go to your employers and tell them to go out and spend their money and see the answer you get.
You may end up not having the money to buy a ticket for the next match.
You know the answer, stop going to the match and go shopping with your good lady.
It is a travesty of justice that Sean O'Driscoll got the sack from Nottingham Forest. We are getting more like Spain and Italy – if you're not in the top two you are out.
Nigel Clough came to Derby County four years ago. He has moved out the very high earners and brought in, within his budget, some very good players, alongside several good players from the academy.
As with his time at Burton Albion, it takes time. Of course he has ambition. I am sure he would like to be challenging Manchester United and Manchester City but, he, like them, would have a big debt around the club's neck. As it is, Derby's is only a small one.