The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

Calvin’s new book Liv­ing on the Vol­cano: The Se­crets of Sur­viv­ing as a Foot­ball Man­ager, Derry tells a story about his play­ing days at QPR.

A stick­ler for be­ing on time, one day the traf­fic into train­ing from Kent got the bet­ter of him.

Brazil­ian keeper Julio Ce­sar prof­fered the idea of get­ting a he­li­copter.

Derry jok­ingly asked Luke Young how much a chop­per would set him back. “You can get one for £150,000,” Ce­sar replied, mis­read­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of Derry’s en­quiry.

“One hun­dred and fifty grand!” Derry says in the book.“I drove to train­ing in a VW Golf! It was ridicu­lous, ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous.”

For Derry it was a sign of the club los­ing its iden­tity af­ter all the hard work to get to the top. Derry him­self had fought for ev­ery inch and suc­cess of his ca­reer – he won pro­mo­tion to the Premier League twice – and it trans­lates into the for­mer Crys­tal Palace and Leeds United mid­fielder’s man­age­ment be­liefs.

“Or­gan­ised, en­thu­si­as­tic, pro­fes­sional, ac­tu­ally make sac­ri­fices for not just my­self but for my team­mates,” he says about his ap­proach to play­ing.“That’s what I’m ask­ing th­ese play­ers to do. I’m ask­ing them to make sac­ri­fices to achieve.


“To not be a Non-League player. To not be a League Two player. Think out­side the box a lit­tle bit. I want us to be, not ar­ro­gant – there will be ab­so­lutely no ar­ro­gance – but that level of con­fi­dence where they be­lieve they can go and achieve.”

His en­thu­si­asm for the role shines through at his first Press con­fer­ence, held in a brand new de­vel­op­ment built into the back of the club’s main stand.

On the walls are pic­tures of for­mer glo­ries of a club look­ing to make the next step and keep pulling in the sup­port of a city Derry prom­ises to rep­re­sent.

“It’s so im­por­tant, I need to make sure I em­brace the city and hope­fully the city will em­brace me,” he says. “I’m very loyal to­wards my back­ground, but I’ve lived away from Not­ting­ham since I was 20. I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to live on the south-coast, in Lon­don,York­shire and back in Not­ting­ham for a short time.

“Now I’ve got the chance to see some­thing very dif­fer­ent and I can’t wait. I live in Lon­don so it’s com­mutable but I’ll be spend­ing time in Cam­bridge, that’s for sure.

“And I’d love one day for one of my pic­tures to be up on the wall so they say, ‘That per­son de­vel­oped the club and helped us grow’.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages/ Cam­bridge Utd

READY TO GO: Shaun Derry is ready to start a new chap­ter in his man­age­rial ca­reer, at Cam­bridge United, inset

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