DERRY FACTFILE

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Born: Not­ting­ham 1977 (Age 36) Play­ing Ca­reer: A trainee at Notts County, Derry made his de­but aged 17 in 1995, go­ing on to make 82 ap­pear­ances and win pr omo­tion to Di­vi­sion Two in 1998 by a r ecord 19-point mar­gin. The mid­fielder then joined Sh­effield United for £700,000, spend­ing two years at Bra­mall Lane and an­other two at Portsmouth be­for e sign­ing for Palace in 2002. Derry played 83 games for the Sel­hurst Park out­fit and won pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League in 2004, only

to leave for Leeds the fol­low­ing sea­son with play­ing time scar ce. A bar­gain at £300,000, he led Leeds to the Cham­pi­onship play-of

f fi­nal in 2006 but the Whites wer e rel­e­gated to League One while Derry was in­jured and, on his r eturn, he was sold back to Palace. Af­ter a fur­ther 102 games for the Ea­gles, Derry was signed by QPR

in 2010-11 and skip­pered the Hoops to the Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in his

first sea­son. In March 2012, he scored against Liver­pool – his first and only Pre­mier League goal – but de­spite solid per­for­mances, Derry was rarely used by Mark Hughes or Harry Red­knapp and, fol­low­ing r el­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier League, he was loaned to Mill­wall in Au­gust 2013. Man­age­rial Ca­reer: Of­fered the chance to man­age Notts County, Derry was ini­tially named as player-man­ager but later an­nounced

he was re­tir­ing to fo­cus on life in the dugout. Cur­rently study­ing for his A-Li­cence, Derry has won nine and lost

16 of his 28 games in charge.

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