2013/14 With Derby Sat in the bottom half, we sack Nigel "Prodigal Son" Clough after 9 games. Appoint McClaren, a man whose stock is still rock-bottom in England, with that game from the 2008 qualifiers still fresh in people’s minds. Surge up the table averaging over 2pts a game. Completely freeze in big away games against (eventual auto boys) Leicester and Burnley, as well as drawing blanks in other games around the Late Jan to Early March Slump. Pick back up to finish comfortably third. Head and shoulders above the play-off pack. After beating Brighton 2-1 in the away leg, we then thumped them 4-1 in the home fixture to book our trip to Wembley against an ageing QPR side who limped over the line. Dominate the game for 90 minutes, QPR reduced to ten men in the second half after Gary O'Neill tries to murder Johnny Russell who was through on goal. It just won’t go in. It all comes down to this. Last 20 minutes. Better side. Extra man. Plus Extra time if we need it. 89 minutes, QPR have the ball in the Derby half for the first time in what seems like hours. ZAMORAAA 1-0. Done. Bottled it. 2014/15 After the buzz of getting so close, we get some investment into the shoestring budget side the Clough assembled, and McClaren galvanized so well. New bumper contracts for Bryson, Martin, Hughes, and Keogh to ward off bids from the Premier League. New loan signing of highly rated Jordan Ibe. We sign last season’s star loanee George Thorne on a permanent deal, who then does his ACL within minutes of his first friendly. Out for the season. First half of the season goes OK, as we sit second in January. Ibe is recalled to Liverpool, so we sign Tom Ince Darren Bent and Jesse Lingard to replace him. Not Cheap. Star Striker Martin gets injured. so does Bent. Our other two CDMs that we covering for George Thorne. And between January and May we slump from 2nd to 6th. It all comes down to this. The last game. We just need a point at home to Relegation strugglers Reading to confirm our playoff spot, and have a chance to salvage the season. Bent misses a penalty. We lose 3-0. We somehow finish 8th. Bottled it (again). 2015/16 McClaren is sacked in summer after two huge bottle jobs in a row. Bent and Ince are singed permanently on big money. Former PE teacher Paul Clement is given the job, and the optimism is back. Integral Midfielders Bryson and Hughes suffer injures in the first half of the first game of the season, rendering them out for months. Derby Spend over 10million on Deadline day on Butterfield and Bradley Johnson to replace them. First half of the season goes quite well again, as we go top of the league at Christmas. January blues are back as we completely shit out away at Burnley (again), during our usual mid-season meltdown. Clement spends more money on shite. Including 3m for Nick Blackman. and 2m for Abdul Camara who is really not very good. Clement is then sacked a week into February. Academy Director Darren Wassall takes over first team duties and has absolutely no idea what hes doing. We some how bumble over the line and finish in the play off places. Star midfielder George Thorne has his leg broken in our last home game and will miss the play offs. Onto the Play off semi at home to an aging Hull side, who have been in shocking form for the past few months. and who we have beaten comfortably twice that season, (4-0 at home, and 2-0 away.) It all comes down to this. We lose 3-0. (again) Tie pretty much over before the second leg has even begun. Bottled it (again). 2016/17 We appoint Nigel Pearson, as the start of our new era as its clear we need an overhaul. But it turns out he cant sell anyone cause everyone is either shite, or on huge money. He loans our Top Scorer from the previous 3 seasons to promotion rivals Fulham. And Spends a combined 12m on Matej Vydra and Ikechi Anya from Watfords Reserves. Pearson insists on playing 442 with two attacking MFs who cant tackle. It goes terribly. He is sacked after 9 games. Now, our manager, (again) called Nigel (again) is sacked (again) after 9 games (again), so we appoint Steve McClaren (again) whos stock is low (again). We go on a brilliant run (again) and get into the play offs spots around Christmas (again) but after a shocking run of results starting in late Jan (again), McClaren is Sacked (again). Derby finish 9th.Bottled it (again). Rowett is appointed late n in the season. 2017/18 Rowett wants to overhaul the squad but can’t, because they’re either shite, or on huge money (again). Is forced to sell our assets, Hughes and Ince to fund, and buys Huddlestone and Davies from the Hull side that beat us in 15/16. And tom Lawrence from Leicester for 7million. After a ropey start Rowett find a formula that works, and manages to get the best out of the previously underused Vydra. We start to pick up points and at the end of January we sit second. We loan out former top scorer, Chris Martin, and buy Cameron Jerome form Norwich reserves. No one knows why. Sam Winall does his ACL in January and he’s out for the season. Derby go on run 1 win 11 and drop to 5th in the table. Including a 4-1 thumping at home to bottom of the league Sunderland. We then get beat away by now bottom (cause Sunderland leapfrogged them) not-won-at-home-since-September, Burton Albion. (Managed by Nigel Clough) This sees us to drop to 7th in the table, form being 2nd at the end of Jan... Of the 5 clubs vying for the final 2 play offs spots, we have a game in hand. It all comes down to this... Could this be our best bottle job yet???