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2007–08 Derby County F.C. season

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Premier League  20th (relegated)
League Cup  Second round
FA Cup  Fourth round
Chairman  Peter Gadsby (until October) Adam Pearson (until January) Andrew Appleby
Manager  Billy Davies (until 26 November) Paul Jewell
Top goalscorer  League: Kenny Miller (4) All: Kenny Miller (6)

The 2007–08 season was Derby County's 109th season in the Football League, their 65th season in the top division of English football and their first season in the top flight since the 2001–02 season. They were promoted after beating West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in the 2007 Championship play-off final.


After a very poor start to the season, manager Billy Davies left the club on 26 November to be replaced by former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell. Jewell failed to turn things around for Derby and the club spent most of the season at the foot of the table, recording a club and top-flight record run of 32 league games without a win.

Derby were officially relegated on 29 March after their 2–2 home draw with fellow strugglers Fulham and Birmingham City's 3–1 victory over Manchester City left them 19 points away from safety with only 6 games left. This made Derby the first club in Premiership history to be relegated in March and only the second in post-war English Football league history. They also accumulated the league's lowest points total since the introduction of 3 points for a win with just 11 points, as well as the record for the fewest wins in a Premier League season with just 1 victory in 38 games.


Despite producing a reasonably good performance in a 2–2 draw against Portsmouth on the opening day of the season, followed by a narrow 1–0 defeat away to Sven-Göran Eriksson's Manchester City (the only two games which Derby spent outside the bottom three), Derby made an overall-disastrous start to the Premier League season. Following their 6–0 defeat to Liverpool on 1 September, Irish bookmakers Paddy Power decided to pay out on the club to be relegated after just five games of the new season. The poor start saw fans accuse Gadsby and the board of failing to invest properly in players for the club. The repercussions of this saw Trevor Birch leave his position as Chief Executive on 19 October and, on 29 October, Gadsby stepped down as chairman to be replaced by former Hull City owner Adam Pearson.

Meanwhile, results on the pitch were not improving, with another poor performance away to Aston Villa followed up by a 5–0 home defeat against a West Ham United side ravaged by injuries. After taking just 6 points from 14 matches, with their only win being a 1–0 victory over future strugglers Newcastle United, Davies left by mutual consent after a meeting with Adam Pearson, taking nearly all of his newly assembled backroom staff with him. The club had just been beaten 2–0 at home to Chelsea and were rooted to the bottom of the table. After the game, Davies had publicly criticised Derby's board for a lack of investment. Some critics believed that Davies was a victim of his own success after overachieving in his first season at Pride Park, while others cited his apparent tactical inefficiencies at top flight level, poor big money signings (including £3m Claude Davis) and suggested Davies had engineered his own departure, in the form of an outspoken rant against the board so as to avoid having a relegation on his CV.

Within two days of Davies's dismissal, on 26 November, Derby appointed highly-rated former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell. He initially appointed Stan Ternent as his assistant but, when Ternant left to become Huddersfield Town manager in April, Jewell moved to appoint Chris Hutchings who had been his assistant at both Bradford City and Wigan. Jewell's first match in charge was a 1–0 defeat away at Sunderland on 1 December, the winning goal coming in stoppage time. Although performances improved under Jewell, results didn't. The team developed a habit of conceding late goals and following the defeat to Sunderland, Derby conceded late winners or equalisers in seven games between late December and late January, dropping seven points from games they had been winning or drawing. Many at the club had in fact already accepted relegation by the end of December.

Jewell was busy in the January transfer window, selling several players and bringing eight new players in, namely Everton defender Alan Stubbs, Argentine striker Emanuel Villa, ex-England international defender Danny Mills on loan from Manchester City, Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage, French winger Laurent Robert, Tottenham's Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly on loan, Gençlerbirliği's Mile Sterjovski and Rangers goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

On 28 January, it was announced that Derby had been purchased by American group General Sports and Entertainment, with Tom Glick taking the role of new President and Chief Executive. Derby's relegation was confirmed on 29 March, the first time a club had been relegated from the division before April and sealing the club's first immediate relegation following promotion in its history. Poor results continued: a 6–0 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on 12 April is the biggest defeat at Pride Park and, by the season's end, Derby had recorded the Premier League's lowest points total and equalled Loughborough's 108-year Football League record of going through an entire season with only one win. Their final game of the season was a 4–0 home defeat to Reading, who were also relegated.

Playing squad

Squad at end of season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Left club during season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.


  • 29 June 2007 – Robert Earnshaw – £3.5m, from Norwich City
  • 4 July 2007 – Tyrone Mears – £1m, from West Ham United
  • 7 July 2007 – Andy Todd – £750k, from Blackburn Rovers
  • 10 July 2007 – Ben Hinchliffe – free transfer
  • 25 July 2007 – Claude Davis – £3m, from Sheffield United
  • 26 July 2007 – Lewis Price – undisclosed, from Ipswich Town
  • 1 August 2007 – Andy Griffin – free transfer from Portsmouth
  • 10 August 2007 – Benny Feilhaber – undisclosed, from Hamburg
  • 20 August 2007 – Eddie Lewis – undisclosed, from Leeds United
  • 31 August 2007 – Kenny Miller – £2.25m, from Celtic
  • Out

  • 31 May 2007 – Seth Johnson – retirement
  • 31 May 2007 – Lionel Ainsworth – released
  • 31 May 2007 – Morten Bisgaard – released
  • 31 May 2007 – Paul Boertien – released
  • 31 May 2007 – Steven Cann – released
  • 31 May 2007 – Tom Cumberworth – released
  • 31 May 2007 – Lee Grant – released
  • 5 July 2007 – Ryan Smith – £150k, to Millwall
  • 27 July 2007 – Lee Camp – £200k, to Queens Park Rangers
  • 31 July 2007 – James Meredith – free transfer to Sligo Rovers
  • 8 August 2007 – Richard Jackson – free transfer to Luton Town
  • In

  • 4 January 2008 – Danny Mills – on loan from Manchester City
  • 4 January 2008 – Emanuel Villa – £2m, from Estudiantes Tecos
  • 9 January 2008 – Laurent Robert – free transfer
  • 9 January 2008 – Robbie Savage – £1.5m, from Blackburn Rovers
  • 11 January 2008 – Hossam Ghaly – on loan from Tottenham Hotspur
  • 31 January 2008 – Roy Carroll – free transfer from Rangers
  • 31 January 2008 – Mile Sterjovski – undisclosed, from Gençlerbirliği
  • 31 January 2008 – Alan Stubbs – free transfer from Everton
  • 11 April 2008 – Ruben Zadkovich – free transfer from Sydney FC
  • Out

  • 3 January 2008 – Steve Howard – £1.25m, to Leicester City
  • 11 January 2008 – Andy Griffin – £300k, to Stoke City
  • 11 January 2008 – Matt Oakley – £500k, to Leicester City
  • 28 January 2008 – Jon Macken – £200k, to Barnsley
  • 31 January 2008 – Bob Malcolm – contract terminated
  • 31 January 2008 – Lewin Nyatanga – loan to Barnsley
  • 29 February 2008 – Michael Johnson – loan to Notts County
  • 2 April 2008 – Laurent Robert – free transfer, to Toronto FC
  • References

    2007–08 Derby County F.C. season Wikipedia

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