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About Stuniverse

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    Derby County Researcher


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    FM enthusiast, I maintain my own database based on transfers and managerial changes reported by the BBC. Derby County season ticket holder and member of the Derby Telegraph's Rams Fans Panel.

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    Live in Derbyshire.

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    Derby, Burton

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    Derby (DoF Challenge)

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  1. Game date: 12 January 2021 NAYLOR OUT FOR A MONTH RamsFanzine: Derby County's 18-year old midfielder Martin Naylor looks set to miss the next month after spraining ankle ligaments in training.
  2. Game date: Saturday 9 January Pre-match v Manchester United (H) - Premier League (21) Match Preview RamsFanzine: Manchester United arrive at Pride Park in 5th place, eight points ahead of you. How confident are you of closing that gap? Stuniverse: It would be a big ask for us to beat Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side but, we've trained hard, prepared well, and we'll be giving it our best shot. Team Selection RamsFanzine: You've not made any changes for this match but Mount is back on the bench? Stuniverse: Yes. Mason Mount's been out with a groin strain for a while; he's back in training now and our medical team advise we can get some minutes out of him in the second half should we need to. Post-match: Derby County (0) 0-2 (1) Manchester United RamsFanzine: Another defeat against one of the big six. How did you see it? Stuniverse: I think it was a very competitive game and we made things difficult for Man United. The difference, I think, and it's fine margins, was their quality in front of goal. Rolando Mandragora and Anthony Martial were clinical in front of goal, whereas Jack Marriott unluckily hit the post and David De Gea produced some good saves. RamsFanzine: Can we expect much business from Derby this transfer window? Stuniverse: I'm not sure. Igor Stimac's working hard behind the scenes and, hopefully, we'll have some news for you before too long.
  3. Game date: 4 January 2021 PRIDE PARK RETURN FOR HENDRICK RamsFanzine: Former Rams Academy graduate Jeff Hendrick is set to return to Pride Park after Derby County were drawn at home to Burnley in the 4th Round of the FA Cup. The tie will be played on Saturday 23 January 2021. In the 3rd Round, Burnley won 3-1 at League Two Bury, whilst the Rams defeated League One Doncaster Rovers 2-0 at home.
  4. Game date: Saturday 2 January 2021 Pre-match v Doncaster Rovers (H) - F.A. Cup Round 3 Match Preview RamsFanzine: Your Derby County side are doing brilliantly in the Premier League. Is this FA Cup tie against League One Doncaster Rovers a welcome or unwelcome distraction from the league? Stuniverse: The FA Cup is the best domestic cup competition in the world. I grew up watching it as a kid. Our position in the league means we can completely focus on this cup-tie without worrying about our next league match. Team Selection RamsFanzine: You've made three changes. Stuniverse: Yes. Kenedy drops back to left-back, allowing Tom Lawrence to come in for Max Lowe, plus Harry Wilson for Martyn Waghorn, and Martin Naylor for Louie Sibley. Post-match: Derby County (0) 2-0 (0) Doncaster Rovers RamsFanzine: A 2-0 win that could've been more as you hit the woodwork an incredible three times. Never in doubt though, really, was it? Stuniverse: I think that's a bit harsh on Doncaster. I thought their players worked hard, and were a credit to their manager Darren Moore but, no, they never really caused us any problems. At nil-nil though, the longer a game goes on, you never know so it was a relief when Jack Marriott gave us the lead just after the break, and then converted the penalty to give us a two goal cushion. RamsFanzine: Congratulations, you're in the hat for the next round. Anybody you'd like to draw? Stuniverse: A home tie. That's all I ask. A home tie, please.
  5. Game date: 2 January 2021 RAMS LEFT FRUSTRATED BY BENATIA RamsFanzine understand Derby County have had to cancel their transfer offer to Lazio for Medhi Benatia after the 33-year old centre-back declined to enter into contract negotiations at this stage. Benatia's agent informed Rams Director of Football Igor Stimac that the player wanted to keep his options open until nearer the time when his contract runs out [30/06/2021]. Benatia has 87 caps for Morocco.
  6. Not sure whether this will make any difference at all (probably not) but, when asked in a Press Conference which area of the squad I wanted to strengthen, I said defence. Over to you, Igor Stimac...
  7. Game date: 1 January 2021 @Tajerio, the Board have just given me the option to review expectations with three options: avoid relegation (current expectation) avoid relegation battle mid-table finish. Although I’m not 100% sure how far down the league table constitutes a mid-table finish (I’d guess at 10th-11th) I deemed this too risky. I did look at avoid relegation battle but, again, how low in the league table before being considered in the relegation battle? The increase in transfer budget was just over half a million so I decided to keep the expectations unchanged as avoid relegation.
  8. Game date: Monday 28 December 2020 Pre-match v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) - Premier League (20) Match Preview RamsFanzine: This is your third away game in a row. With Wolves 11th, on a run of one win in seven, how do you fancy your chances? Stuniverse: To be honest, we both played just two day ago so I think everything else goes out the window. Today's game will be won by whichever team is fitter and has the legs to keep going for 90 minutes. Team Selection RamsFanzine: Is that why you've made four changes? To freshen it up? Stuniverse: As best as I can yes. Max Aarons for Jayden Bogle, Louie Sibley for Max Bird, Martyn Waghorn for Harry Wilson and Kenedy for Tom Lawrence. Post-match: Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 0-3 (3) Derby County RamsFanzine: Before kick-off you thought the fitter team would win this one. In the end, was it won by the more disciplined team? Stuniverse: Possibly. Although I thought our fitness levels held up quite well considering. The early red card gave us a man advantage for around 75 minutes and that really helped, but we still had to play well to score three goals - two for Kenedy and one for Jack Marriott. It was good to be able to bring three youngsters on after the break to allow us to give Will Hughes (Max Bird), Chris Smalling (George Evans) and Shinji Kagawa (Albie Morgan) a bit of a rest. RamsFanzine: You're 8th and have opened up a seven point gap to 10th place. Not a bad way to end the year. Stuniverse: Absolutely. We've had an amazing first-half of the season and, hopefully, all our fans can really enjoy their New Year celebrations.
  9. Game date: Saturday 26 December 2020 Pre-match v Arsenal (a) - Premier League (19) Match Preview RamsFanzine: You've yet to get so much as a draw against Arsenal in three attempts. Can you get a result at the Emirates Stadium today? Stuniverse: I don't know. Unai Emery has a quality squad of players at his disposal, but we'll be trying our best. Team Selection RamsFanzine: You visit Arsenal today, have tomorrow off, and then go to Wolves on Monday. How does that affect your team selection today? Stuniverse: Fortunately we're all in the same situation when it comes to the festive fixtures, but two games in three days doesn't allow much time for recovery and we have a smaller first team squad than most. RamsFanzine: You've made three changes today. Is that specifically for Arsenal today or with an eye on the Wolves game in two days time? Stuniverse: It's a bit of both. I don't have the luxury of a large squad and with Mason Mount (groin), Mason Bennett (toe), Martin Naylor (leg) and Domingos Quina (ACL) ruled out we need to be sensible. Max Bird comes in for Martin Naylor, Max Lowe replaces Kenedy, and Jayden Bogle starts ahead of Max Aarons. Post-match: Arsenal (1) 2-0 (0) Derby County RamsFanzine: Four times now you've faced Unai Emery's Arsenal and four times you've lost. How do you sum this one up? Stuniverse: Thanks for reminding me. I thought we were competitive and gave them a game for an hour or so. Bernd Leno had to make a couple of fine saves to keep us out. Max Lowe was just unlucky for their first goal, a deflected shot hits him on the side of the face and goes in. Not much Max could do about that. And then a worldie of a goal from Willian Jose wraps up the points for them. RamsFanzine: No harm done though. You're still 8th and 11 points clear of the drop zone. Stuniverse: That's something, but we won't have time to dwell on this one as we go to Wolves in two days time, with whoever is fit enough to play.
  10. It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming... football’s coming home! Congratulations, @Irobinson69! Any Rams players in your England World Cup winning team?
  11. Game date: Sunday 20 December 2020 Pre-match v Fulham (a) - Premier League (18) Match Preview RamsFanzine: You visit bottom of the table Fulham. Having beaten them 5-0 at Pride Park on the opening day of the season, you must be very confident? Stuniverse: Look. We know what it's like down there from last season. We were never bottom, but we were in the dog-fight all season. When you're down there you know you can't outplay teams so you do what you can to pick up points. You scrap, you fight, you make yourselves difficult to play against, you do whatever you can. We did. And Paul Lambert's Fulham will be no different. They know their home games are their best chance to pick up points, as Pride Park was for us, so we're expecting a very tough match at Craven Cottage. We know what to expect though. We have a game plan and we're confident. Team Selection RamsFanzine: How are the injuries? Stuniverse: Domingos Quina (ACL) is long-term. Mason Mount (groin) and Mason Bennett (broken toe) will be a while yet. Kelle Roos damaged ankle ligaments in training this week. RamsFanzine: Just the one change, but a name many fans won't recognise on the bench. Stuniverse: Yes. With Kelle out for a few weeks, our U23 goalkeeper Sam French makes the bench. A broken toe for Mason Bennett means Tom Lawrence starts. Post-match: Fulham (0) 2-0 (0) Derby County RamsFanzine: Well I didn't see that coming. What went wrong? Stuniverse: They scored more goals than us. To be fair, we didn't play that bad and I felt we were on top up until the moment they scored. Alessandro Micai had a very good game in their goal. Once they scored - a very good counter-attack goal from Ryan Sessegnon - we had to chase the game and they picked us off with a second. RamsFanzine: Naylor limped off, how is he? Stuniverse: Martin's got a gashed leg. He shouldn't be out for long but, at this time of year, that could be a few games. RamsFanzine: With the exception of Arsenal, you've now played everybody this season, Fulham twice, and you've reached the halfway point in 8th place, 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Mid-season report 'so far so good', wouldn't you say? Stuniverse: I would. Yes. But it's the end-of-season report that counts, not the mid-season one.
  12. Game date: 15 December 2020 ROOS TO SIT OUT FESTIVE FIXTURES RamsFanzine: 28-year old Rams back-up goalkeeper Kelle Roos has pulled ankle ligaments in training and looks set to miss the festive fixtures with a spell on the sidelines. This will be a blow to Rams manager Stuniverse, who didn't agree with the sale of goalkeepers Jonathan Mitchell this summer and Scott Carson the previous summer. With highly rated Academy 17-year old goalkeeper Ben Hibbert out on loan at Harrogate, the goalkeepers most likely to make the bench for the trip to Fulham are 19-year old Sam French and 16-year old Lawrence Oladipo. Of course, Stuniverse could take the risk of not naming a goalkeeper on the bench but this would be a first as the Rams manager has always named a substitute goalkeeper in each of his 113 games in charge of Derby County so far.
  13. Game date: 13 December 2020 STUNIVERSE - A WANTED MAN It's that time of the season when club owners sack their managers and appoint new ones ahead of the January transfer window. RamsFanzine understand that Derby County manager Stuniverse is high on the shortlists for the Premier League vacancies at Everton and West Ham and there's even overseas interest in him with La Liga club Atletico Bilbao interested. In the summer, Stuniverse confirmed he declined job interviews at Leicester City and Newcastle United last season and it's difficult to understand why life-long Rams fan Stuniverse would have changed his mind and want to leave his dream job. Despite rumblings of disagreement between Stuniverse and Director of Football Igor Stimac, Derby County are currently 7th in the Premier League and have won their last four matches. Sky Sports asked Stuniverse about the Everton job but were given short change by the Rams manager.
  14. Budgets adjusted Thanks @coady @dap1987 @Galeg @Irobinson69 @JaytheGreat @karanhsingh and @Tajerio for your input. I've adjusted the budgets in readiness for the January transfer window.
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