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Derby may have ultimately survived the drop into League One by the skin of their teeth, but they start the 2021-22 season labouring under a transfer embargo, which has hampered rookie manager Wayne Rooney‘s hopes of rebuilding a squad short of numbers and confidence.
Though the Rams are eligible to sign four players on short-term deals, subject to a strict wage cap, nine trialists – including Rooney’s erstwhile Manchester United colleague Ravel Morrison – remain on board. Such instability is far from ideal heading into the weekend’s opener versus a relatively settled Huddersfield side.
Part of the deal with hiring such a high-profile figure as boss is the inevitable publicity surrounding his every action and utterance, and Rooney hit the headlines again last week when he injured one of his few senior players, Republic of Ireland midfielder Jason Knight, during training.
Having stepped into the dugout following Philip Cocu‘s departure last year, Rooney lead his youthful team to just 44 points from 46 Championship matches to finish down in 21st spot in the second-tier standings.
Circumstances make it difficult for his ambitions to rise much higher this year, though.
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A quartet of friendly encounters, with Manchester United, Salford City, Real Betis and Notts County, resulted in two wins and two losses for Derby’s mix-and-match side over the past few weeks.
Butnow the serious competition begins – with the Rams hoping to repeat February’s home win against their rivals on Saturday.