Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Rams boss wields the axe

Rams boss wields the axe


Rams manager Billy Davies has wasted little time wielding the axe at Pride Park and for two of Derby County's Wembley heroes they will have been told they are no longer required.

Both Seth Johnson and Paul Peschisolido started the play-off final against West Bromwich Albion but will not be offered new deals when their contracts expire this summer. Another six squad members have also been released they are Morten Bisgaard, Lee Grant and Paul Boertien, along with youngsters Lionel Ainsworth, Steven Cann and Tom Cumberworth.

Davies thanked the players for their contribution and the professionalism they have shown during their time at Derby.

It`s a huge blow for the 28-year-old midfielder Johnson, who is awaiting arthroscopic surgery on the knee injury he picked up at Wembley. He made 146 appearances in two spells with the Rams.
Peschisolido, 36, signed from Sheffield United in 2004 and scored some important goals to help the Rams avoid relegation. But injuries hampered the Canadians starts for the Rams; he started only 46 times and made another 57 appearances as a substitute during his three years at Pride Park, hitting 24 goals.

Danish midfielder Bisgaard, 32, arrived in 2004 from FC Copenhagen and has played 111 times and scored 10 goals for the Rams. The midfielder could return to Denmark, where Odense and Randers are believed to be interested in him.

Grant, the former England Under-21 goalkeeper, came up through the system at Derby and made 79 appearances. But with him being third in the pecking order between the sticks, Davies has decided to let him go and he looks set to sign for Sheffield Wednesday.

Boertien has been at Derby for eight years. He was signed from Carlisle United by Jim Smith but serious knee injuries have blighted his career. The 28-year-old left-back played 126 times for the Rams.

Ainsworth, a 19-year-old forward, appeared twice as a substitute last season. Goalkeeper Cann and midfielder Cumberworth, also 19, have not figured for the first team.

There will be more ins and outs at Pride Park before the start of the pre-season that is for sure, with Davies looking for the right blend to stay in the Premier League next season.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Peter Simcox
Date:Monday June 4 2007
Time: 11:52AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Derby County Articles

No Pearson Approach

Pearson, who is looking to get back into football following his sacking by Leicester at the end of last season, was reportedly approached about replacing Clement.

Match Day Officials v MK Dons

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against MK Dons this weekend.

Keogh Appointed Club Captain

One of temporary head coach Darren Wassall's first decisions since coming into the role following the departure of Paul Clement, was to select a new club captain.

Derby Can Clement

Head coach Paul Clement has been sacked by the Derby board despite the club sitting in 5th place in the Championship table.

Archived Vital Derby Articles

Vital Derby articles from

Site Journalists

MikeC
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v. Fulham
Suggested By: MikeC
Carson0%
Christie0%
Keogh0%
Shackell0%
Warnock0%
Baird0%
Hendrick0%
Bryson80%
Weimann0%
Martin10%
Russell10%
Butterfield0%
Johnson0%
Blackman0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
2 Hull City 29 17 5 7 56 26
3 Burnley 30 15 10 5 55 22
4 Brighton 29 14 11 4 53 9
5 Derby County 30 13 12 5 51 14
6 Sheff Wed 30 13 11 6 50 12
7 Ipswich 30 13 9 8 48 2
8 Birmingham 30 13 8 9 47 8
9 Cardiff 30 11 12 7 45 5
10 Forest 30 10 12 8 42 6
11 Wolves 30 10 10 10 40 -1
12 Brentford 30 11 7 12 40 -2
13 Q.P.R. 30 9 12 9 39 1
14 Preston 30 9 12 9 39 -1
15 Reading 30 9 9 12 36 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 30 8 8 14 32 -4
18 Blackburn 28 6 13 9 31 0
19 Fulham 29 6 11 12 29 -5
20 MK Dons 30 7 7 16 28 -18
21 Bristol City 30 6 10 14 28 -22
22 Rotherham 30 7 4 19 25 -19
23 Bolton 30 4 12 14 24 -21
24 Charlton 30 5 9 16 24 -30
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Milton Keynes Dons (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 12:30PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Derby County Results (view all)