Relegated last season after amassing the lowest points total in Premier League history, Paul Jewell had to preside over the embarrassment of seeing his side propping up the Championship table in the early weeks and they have fallen back again recently after a mini-revival which saw them win their first match in over 12 months! Jewell has managed only 6 league wins in 46 games and despite Derby's semi-final League Cup appearance where they have a possibly humiliating exit against Manchester United reserves, he faces the sack if we beat them tomorrow.
It is probably as much a reflection on the state of our own club that a defeat against us is deemed so bad that your manager gets the sack. Still, we shouldn't be overly concerned as long as we get the win. Derby's recent form of a point from the last 15 matches our own but they have won more recently than us. However, if there is dissention in their ranks and a split dressing room this might be the opportunity some have been waiting for. How desperate are we?