Ian Holloway has been looking at the Derby v Newcastle match this weekend.
The two teams go into it in very different frames of mind, Newcastle winning their last three Championship matches whilst Derby’s 1-0 loss to Burton means it is only one win in five for them.
Despite this, Ian Holloway has predicted a 2-2 draw in the game.
The Sky pundit reckons that former Newcastle number two Nigel Pearson will sort the players out as he did at Leicester, saying that if he can get them to approach this match with the ‘right mentality’ they can get a point.
With reference to the fact this will be a big game against Newcastle and on live TV, Holloway thinks that ‘this is a game that might suit’ Derby County, getting them to raise their game after such a poor start for a team who finished fifth last season.
As for Derby’s problems, Ian Holloway says that some players need to be moved out of the club if they are to move on, saying ‘sometimes…you can do more good by getting rid of players than bringing some in’.
No doubt two words will have flashed across the minds of many Newcastle fans on hearing that, the deadline day exit of Moussa Sissoko perfectly summing up what Holloway is saying.
Ian Holloway talking to Sky Sports:
“There are players at Derby that need to move on and sometimes as a manager, you can do more good by getting rid of players than bringing some in.
“They still need to learn how to win as a group, it’s not how good you are as individuals. It looks as though there’s a problem with that group of players.
“I can’t imagine Nigel Pearson putting up with that type of attitude for one minute. Good players get managers the sack if they don’t galvanise and work together.
“Pearson is the right man to turn that around, though. He took over when I failed at Leicester with a really poor group of people and got them pulling in the right direction.
“This is obviously a tough fixture (v Newcastle) for Derby but they do have the ability to turn it on at any point…this is a game that might suit them.
“If Derby turn up with the right mentality then they could get something…I think they will.”