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.