It had been reported in the Daily Mirror that the Derby County squad have come to a remarkable unanimous decision regarding their win bonuses. Rather than receiving the standard incentives associated with each league win, the rams have opted for this money to be added to a pot in which will be split come May if County earn promotion. It seems that the late heartbreak suffered at Wembley in the play-off final has made the Derby squad more determined than ever. However boss Steve McClaren told the Derby Telegraph that this was “absolute rubbish.”
This idea certainly seemed unique and one that hinted the confidence within Derby’s ranks. It was suggested that if Derby do make it to the Barclays Premier League this season, each player could pocket around £500,000 each. The opening game of the season saw County overcome newly promoted Rotherham United 1-0. The main aim of this campaign for Derby will certainly be the top two and the incentive could seem understandable, whilst some Rams fans would be appreciative of the fact the squad is fully focused on achieving this and are not just in it for the pay cheque, many were asking why do they need any incentive
at all. Premier League football should be a big enough carrot especially after the dramatic conclusion to the play-off final last year.
There is still a very long way to go, however with the perfect start on Saturday confidence is returning to Derby and another win in the Capital One Cup last night makes it a perfect few days for Steve McClaren and his players.