Derby County 2016/17 Season
League Position: 9th (2015/16: 5th)
Average league attendance: 29,042 (2015/16: 29,663)
Top league goalscorer: Tom Ince (15)
For the second consecutive season, The iPro Stadium saw three men sit in the managerial hotseat as The Rams threatened, but ultimately failed, to end a nine-year wait for a return to the top tier.
More expensive firepower was added to County's star-studded squad in pre-season as Matej Vydra and Ikechi Anya both arrived on permanent deals from Watford. Heading in the other direction was Jeff Hendrick who completed a big-money move to Burnley late on in the Summer Transfer Window.
Under new boss Nigel Pearson, The Rams struggled in the early stages, winning just two of their first 11 league games. It took until 24 September for County to net a league goal at home and that run cost Pearson his job in early October with former boss Steve McClaren making a shock return to the iPro.
Life under McClaren started positively with nine wins and two draws from their first 12 games as County ended the year on the cusp of the top six. Results dropped off in the first couple of months of 2017 with maximum points only being achieved against Reading, Ipswich Town, and Barnsley. That was a run that ultimately saw McClaren pay with his job in mid-March following a 3-0 defeat away at Brighton and Hove Albion which left The Rams in tenth, ten points off the top six.
Former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett came in and took ten points from his first four games to keep alive faint hopes of a Play-Off place. Those hopes took a massive hit when The Rams were torn apart at Griffin Park by a rampant Brentford as one win from their last five saw them finish the season in ninth, 13 points off the Play-Offs following another tumultuous campaign at the iPro Stadium,
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With appearances for Everton, Derby County, Leicester City and Cambridge United during a 16-year playing career, Gary Rowett made the step into management after hanging up his boots with Burton Albion. Rowett led The Brewers to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs in both his full seasons with the club before moving to St Andrew's to save his old club, Birmingham City, from relegation during the 2014/15 season. Despite Blues sitting 21st when he took over, he guided them to a tenth placed finish before matching that feat again during the 2015/16 season. His dismissal at City in December, with Blues just two points off the top six, shocked the football world and made him one of the most in-demand out-of-work manager before his appointment at The iPro in March.
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 9
Derby County wins: 12