I WOULD HAVE UNTIED NOTTS – DERRY
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