Hobbs Forest Winner Helps Pulis & McLaren Derby Cause
Nottingham Forest beat Derby County thanks to a bullet header from Ex-Imp Jack Hobbs, on-loan from Hull City, with ex-Stoke City manager Tony Pulis sitting in the stands. Steve McLaren, currently at QPR and linked with the Sunderland job is also said to be in the mix. To pile on the irony Nigel Clough was sacked yesterday against his dad’s old club.
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Pulis would be the perfect fit for Derby who, like Stoke, will not be awash with money, should he, as expected step through the doors in the next few days. Fluent Forest, under canny Billy Davies, currently look set to eclipse their fierce local rivals having moved 5th, just two wins from top, compared to The Rams 14th after Clough had spent 5 years at the helm.
Tony Pulis remember, father of Anthony who spent 7 games at Lincoln and is now plying his trade in the States for Orlando, was disgracefully relieved of his position at Stoke for style and tactical reasons this summer. Incredibly this was for the second time – he had saved them from relegation after taking over from Steve Cotterill in 2002/3 before falling out with the previous owners. Mr Pulis returned in 2006/7 when Mr Coates took over the club and fashioned an honest, workmanlike but exciting and attacking side. Tony almost took them to play-off glory in 2006/7, but never-say-die Stoke went up second the following season where they would finish 12th in their debut season. He kept them up and around mid-table every year, finishing 13th last term, in something of a purple patch for the Potters, including Europa League qualification and two FA Cup runs (quarter and semi-finals).
Sentimentality is rare in football, but, after letting his son come to us on loan, perhaps Pulis might think highly enough of another Imps’ work to give us a few loans if he gets the job. Simmo’s Imps are just up the road and we play a style of football that could well help Pullis who likes cultured but strong and hard-working players. Whether that fits with Derby fans, who deserve success and some Pride back at their magnificent arena, could be decided within the next 24-48 hours.
Posted on September 29, 2013, in Ex Imps, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Derby County, Jack Hobbs, Nottingham Forest, on-loan from Hull City, Stoke City, Tony Pulis Derby County manager job. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.