I WOULD HAVE UN­TIED NOTTS – DERRY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Holt

HURT but not bro­ken, Shaun Derry re­mains de­fi­ant that he would have saved Notts County from the drop this sea­son af­ter he was sacked by the club he sup­ports this week.

The 37-year-old was re­lieved of his du­ties along­side as­sis­tant boss Greg Ab­bott af­ter pre­sid­ing over a run that saw the League One strug­glers pick up just three wins in 24 games.

Af­ter help­ing the club es­cape rel­e­ga­tion in re­mark­able fash­ion in his first sea­son in charge last year, the for­mer Notts youth player re­mains a firm favourite with Mag­pies fans.

And while Derry un­der­stands what mo­ti­vated chair­man Ray Trew’s choice, he in­sists he would have found a way to pull off the same feat this year.

“Of course I be­lieve it was the wrong de­ci­sion,” he said. “I would have kept the club up with­out a shadow of a doubt. We had far more dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances last sea­son and we had play­ers com­ing back like Liam Noble, Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce and Jimmy Spencer.

“We would have done it. But the chair­man Ray Trew and his wife have in­vested a lot of money. I have to re­spect their de­ci­sion, but I can leave a proud man. I gave it ev­ery­thing I had.”

Even with­out his guid­ance, the for­mer QPR mid­fielder is adamant the Mag­pies have enough qual­ity to stave off rel­e­ga­tion to League Two.

“I be­lieve in those play­ers and they are a fan­tas­tic group of men, who ab­so­lutely care about the foot­ball club and are proud to rep­re­sent it,” he added. “I had a great bond with them and I told them when I left that they must stick to­gether and see the job through.

“They have to for­get ev­ery­thing that has gone on be­cause it’s a fan­tas­tic dress­ing room and I wish them ev­ery suc­cess. I’m just sorry I never got to see the job through.”

Ex-Peter­bor­ough boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son has been heav­ily linked with the post.

BE­LIEF: Shaun Derry

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