Former Derby County player Alan Hinton has called the situation at Pride Park sad and disappointing following their latest 1-0 defeat at home to Queens Park Rangers.
The Rams were lethargic and blunt as QPR scored late to record a slim victory.
It was a grim evening for Derby, and it follows what has been a grim season to date as Phillip Cocu’s side have picked up just six points from their opening ten games.
Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-1 win at Birmingham City means Derby are now second from bottom in the Championship, one point ahead of Sheffield Wednesday.
Reacting on Twitter after the game, Hinton called the defeat disappointing.
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Hinton, now 78, played for Derby under legendary manager Brian Clough and won two league titles with the Rams before moving to the United States.
45 years ago, Derby and Hinton were featuring in the European Cup against the likes of Real Madrid. Now, the club appear lightyears away from such heights.
Phillip Cocu has had to deal with such a difficult set of circumstances since day one at Derby. However, for seemingly the first time against QPR, the excuses start to run thin.
Derby’s set of players are better than the performance produced, and the squad in general has far more quality in it to be floundering a point above the foot of the table.
Change is needed. Whether that’s a takeover and a potential managerial change, or fresh impetus from the current staff, something must happen to revitalise this Derby team.