Paul Jewell hoping (against hope) of Derby miracle?

Derby County are rock bottom in the English Premier League and in all probabilities will drop down into the Championship at the end of the season. As if that weren’t enough, they were given a footballing lesson when Preston North End humiliated them 4-1 in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. Preston themselves are in serious danger of dropping further down the football pyramid; they are at the foot of the Championship and League One football beckons at the end of the season.

But Derby manager Paul Jewell is not losing hope at all. quotes the former Wigan Athletic boss as saying:

One of the reasons I came here was that hopefully there was going to be some American investment coming in. I have spoken to the investors on a couple of occasions and met them in Manchester so they know it’s a tough job. They know what a state the team is in at the moment. They, like me, see the bigger picture and the bigger picture here is if we get it right it will take off. We had a great season last year. It hasn’t happened this season but I’m hoping I’ll be sat here in a year telling you about the tough times last year that hopefully made not just me stronger, but the club stronger.

This season there would be no investment by the American investors but maybe in the summer, the little club would go a massive facelift and Jewell is hoping for that. But please all you Rams, do not foster hope that you are gong to play top flight English football next season too!

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