Derby Chapters

So I’m playing a long-running save as the manager of Derby County in the English Championship. As with most of my Football Manager efforts I don’t work through this stuff quickly, and even by my standards the current game is glacially paced – think of it as a combination of time, inclination, and getting to run it with all the thought I’d really like to put into the thing… Time that could be better spent elsewhere, obviously, but you know how it is.

As the series of blog posts – or chapters – is growing, here’s an index of each one so that you can jump in and out at will… Alternatively, if you’re really pushed for time then the Digested Read, which summarises each season in the broadest of strokes, is for you.

2019/20 Season

  1. Introduction
  2. Arrival
  3. Reshaping Part 1
  4. Reshaping Part 2
  5. Reshaping Part 3
  6. Meet the Gang
  7. August 2019: Terriers and Transfer Deadlines
  8. August 2019: Bittersweet Victory
  9. August 2019: Determination
  10. August 2019: Of Baggies and Bees
  11. September 2019: Our Boys Take One Hell of a Beating
  12. September/October 2019: Daylight Robbery
  13. October 2019: Points Dropped
  14. October 2019: Bouncing Busby Babes
  15. November 2019: One Out…
  16. November 2019: A Good Cottaging
  17. December 2019: The Managerial Roundabout
  18. December 2019: Nothing to See Here
  19. January 2020: Contracts and Promises
  20. January 2020: Hunting Midfielders
  21. January 2020: Deadline Day Doings
  22. February 2020: Three Teams Called City
  23. February 2020: Robbing Robins
  24. February 2020: Fixture Pile-Up
  25. March 2020: Focusing on the League
  26. March 2020: On Top of the World
  27. April 2020: A Dead Parrott
  28. April/May 2020: Champione…?
  29. May 2020: End of Term Report
  30. May 2020: That Was The Season That Was

2020/21 Season

  1. Summer 2020: The Art of the Deal
  2. Summer 2020: The Prodigal Son
  3. Summer 2020: Drinking in the Sun
  4. Summer 2020: Last Minute Prepping
  5. Meet the Gang 2020/21
  6. August 2020: Spurs at Home
  7. August 2020: Stealing Toffees
  8. August 2020: The Homegrown Front
  9. August 2020: Jatta Attacks
  10. September 2020: Outfoxed
  11. September 2020: Why Always Him?
  12. September 2020: Carabao Progress
  13. October 2020: Blunted!
  14. October 2020: The Great Arsenal Stadium Mystery
  15. October 2020: Heroes and Villains
  16. October 2020: More Bore Draws
  17. November 2020: Trouble at Mill
  18. November 2020: The Sack Race
  19. November 2020: Misery in Monochrome
  20. December 2020: Stung by the Bees
  21. December 2020: Bittersweet Victory
  22. December 2020: Anfield Rap
  23. December 2020: Post-Fergie Time
  24. December 2020: Points Target Reached
  25. January 2021: Hat-Trick Heroes
  26. January 2021: Blowing it to Boro
  27. January 2021: Life After Arsene
  28. January 2021: Drawing with Honour
  29. January 2021: A Reckoning
  30. February 2021: Capitulation
  31. February 2021: The Big Five-Oh
  32. February 2021: The Adam (not Joe) Show
  33. February 2021: A New DM?
  34. March 2021: A Six Pointer
  35. March 2021: Stinging the Bees
  36. March 2021: Up for the Cup
  37. April 2021: Stop Grealish
  38. April 2021: Dropped Points
  39. April 2021: Striking Matters
  40. April 2021: Semi-Final Special
  41. April 2021: The Quest for Sixth Place
  42. May 2021: Safe Hands Fabianski
  43. May 2021: Mouldy Cherries
  44. May 2021: So This Is It
  45. That was 2020/21: Derby County
  46. That was 2020/21: The Opposition
  47. That was 2020/21: The Squad

2021/22 Season

  1. Summer 2021: Rebuilding Part 1
  2. Summer 2021: Rebuilding Part 2
  3. Summer 2021: Rebuilding Part 3
  4. Summer 2021: Pre-Season Matters
  5. Meet the Gang 2021/22
  6. August 2021: A Difficult Start
  7. August 2021: Cojones
  8. August 2021: Funky Villans
  9. September 2021: Hlozek as Nemesis
  10. September 2021: Bitter Blues
  11. September 2021: Buffalo Wings
  12. October 2021: Very Bad, Very Good
  13. October 2021: Europa Nights
  14. October 2021: Fulham Two Times
  15. October/November 2021: Down and Dirty in Valencia
  16. November 2021: Thinking about the Future
  17. November 2021: Frank’s Nadir
  18. November 2021: More Questions than Answers
  19. December 2021: Winning Ways
  20. December 2021: Hammered
  21. December 2021: Manchester United are Good
  22. December 2021: Season’s Beatings
  23. January 2022: Out of the Cup
  24. January 2022: Bielsa’s Bucket
  25. January 2022: Transfer Musings
  26. January 2022: Everton Two Times
  27. February 2022: Drawing with Honour
  28. February 2022: Man You Part 1
  29. February 2022: Man You Part 2
  30. March 2022: The Bottom Line
  31. March 2022: You’re a Wizard, Harry
  32. March 2022: Getting the Blues
  33. April 2022: Late Goals
  34. April 2022: A 3-3 Thriller
  35. April 2022: Shut Out
  36. April/May 2022: Arsenal Three Times
  37. May 2022: Endgame
  38. May 2022: Down and Out in Rotterdam
  39. That was 2021/22: Derby County
  40. That was 2021/22: The Opposition
  41. That was 2021/22: The Squad

2022/23 Season

  1. Summer 2022: Objectives and Objectionals
  2. Summer 2022: Home(grown) is where the Heart is
  3. Summer 2022: Turkish Delight
  4. July 2022: His Name is Luca
  5. August 2022: The Lookman Dilemma
  6. August 2022: Transfer Market Watch
  7. August 2022: That Minnow Feeling
  8. Meet the Gang 2022/23
  9. September 2022: The Terror of Paris
  10. September 2022: 1-0 Heaven and Hell
  11. September 2022: Quick Silva
  12. October 2022: Being Tottenham’s Bogey Team
  13. October 2022: Danny Farke-o
  14. October 2022: Attritional Warfare
  15. October 2022: Points Please!
  16. November 2022: End of Part One
  17. November/December 2022: Dispatches from Doha
  18. December 2022: Welcome to Part Two
  19. January 2023: In with the New…
  20. January 2023: Squad Ruminations
  21. January 2023: Cups and Crocks
  22. January 2023: Messing with the Big Boys
  23. February 2023: The Missing Piece?
  24. February 2023: Getting the Job Done
  25. February 2023: (Young Guns) Go For It!
  26. February 2023: Defeat!
  27. February/March 2023: Goal Scoring Allergy
  28. March 2023: On Continuing
  29. March 2023: Out of Europe
  30. April 2023: A Nice Plate of Scouse
  31. April 2023: Another Serving of Scouse
  32. April 2023: Squeezing Them Out
  33. April 2023: Eddie’s Back
  34. April/May 2023: Close, So Close
  35. May 2023: Excelsior
  36. May 2023: Broken Records
  37. That was 2022/23: Derby County
  38. That was 2022/23: The Opposition
  39. That was 2022/23: The Squad
  40. This is the End