Brown goes at Derby

Last updated : 30 January 2006 By Tony Scholes

Derby appear to be very much a club in crisis, and things weren’t too good there in the summer despite them reaching the play offs last season. They lost manager George Burley in somewhat strange circumstances before turning to Brown.

Then Yeovil manager Gary Johnson turned it down and so did the midget in the suit Billy Davies. But Fake Tan Brown, for so long number two to Sam Allardyce, was keen to take on a management role and joined the Rams in June.

Things looked to have started well and they, despite a League Cup exit to Grimsby, they had started the season well when they played at Burnley at the end of August. Things though have taken something of a downturn since and they have only won five more games.

Four of those were in the league, the other was their FA Cup win against us. Even that cup win achieved little, on Saturday they went out at Colchester and this finally forced the Derby board into calling time on Brown.

In a short statement today they said, “At a meeting between Phil Brown and the Derby County chairman on Monday evening it was decided that Phil would leave the club. We would like to thank Phil for the time and effort he has given to the job and wish him well for the future.”

That now leaves two Championship clubs looking for new managers, following the sacking of Craig Levein last week at Leicester.