Todays game at Pride Park between Derby County and Wigan Athletic will be more like a school reunion with Jewell now sat behind the bosses desk at the ‘big` club he always wanted.
When he was the manager of Latics Jewell never shut up about how he wanted to get the chance of managing a big club now he`s got the chance it looks like his first full season will be in the Championship.
Derby are almost certainties to be relegated come May and a Latics win today would knock another nail in the Derby coffin, so is Jewell building a side that will bounce straight back up?
Derby have been very busy this week bringing in new players, Robbie Savage, ex Latics keeper Roy Carroll, Laurnet Robert, Hossam Ghaly, Danny Mills, some guy from Mexico whos Argentinian and no ones ever heard of.
Real quality signings!
I don`t think they would be good enough with their squad to challenge in the Championship so no chance of avoiding relegation then.
The only threat to stop us winning today is the ‘old boy syndrome` and if we can overcome this then we should brush Derby aside comfortably, we have too much quality in our team for them to cope with.
Mark Lawrenson of the BBC forecasts a 2-1 win for Derby, he doesn`t know what hes talking about yet he says this will happen because of the ‘old boy syndrome`.
So long as the Latics go for the fight then we can knock some of the pride out of Pride Park and bring the three points back up the M6
‘I think you have to win 10 games to stay in the Premier League.
‘The game against Derby is one you target for a victory, given they are in your part of the league.
‘We know if we get the three points then we will stay out of the relegation zone. That is a big thing. We are showing a steady improvement.’
Chris Kirkland Latics keeper:
‘We’ve got to go to Pride Park and try and beat them, hopefully that will kill them off’
‘The squad is now looking a bit stronger than it was a while ago, and we will continue to strengthen.
‘It’s a difficult time because we are bottom of the league, but there’s a positive feeling about the place that hopefully we can get a result against Wigan and build from that.
‘I think as long as the supporters see the players giving their best, they put up with that. Given a fair run at it, this team will be better in a month than it is now.’
Derby County Team News:
Plenty of new signings for Jewell to choose
Price, Oakley, Mills, Todd, Johnson, Barnes, Mears, Moore, Feilhaber, Holmes, Teale, Savage, Lewis, Robert, Miller, Fagan, Macken, Hinchliffe, Davis, Earnshaw, Griffin, Edworthy.
Player to watch: Giles Barnes
Talented youngster and destined for a big future in the game
Wigan Athletic Team News:
Paul Scharner suspended and Ryan Taylor very doubtful following an injury to his ankle at Sunderland last week
New signing Wilson Palacios expected to make the bench
Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Kilbane, Valencia, Brown, Landzaat, Koumas, Bent, Heskey, Aghahowa, Granqvist, Olembe, Skoko, Cotterill, Sibierski, Pollitt, Palacios.
Player to watch: Antonio Valencia
Back to full fitness and playing well
Match Facts & Stats
Never met in Premier league
Derby 2 wins, Wigan 3, Draws 3
Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Games – 13
Reds – 5
Yellows – 47
Heart says 2-0 Latics win
Head says 2-1 Latics win
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