Record low haunts Rams - Clough

07 August 2009 10:35
The Rams were relegated from the Premier League with an all-time low points total of 11 after winning just one match during the 2007/08 campaign.[LNB]Clough famously followed in his late father Brian's footsteps by becoming Derby manager at the start of this year.[LNB]He inherited the squad that had performed so poorly under predecessor Paul Jewell and was quick to point out that he felt the players were still hungover from the previous season.[LNB]After saving the Rams from successive relegations, the former Burton boss has rebuilt over the summer by bringing in five new signings.[LNB]However, with Derby set to begin their Championship campaign at home to newly-promoted Peterborough on Saturday, Clough admits that memories of the torment of the 2007/08 season remain.[LNB]"It's not gone 100%. It still lapses back in every now and again when things go badly," he said.[LNB]"Generally, we are getting shot of it. It's not a conscious thing, it just seems to creep in over a period of months and then it lingers for quite some time.[LNB]"It's not like a light switch where you can just turn it off one day, it takes a period of time.[LNB]"I thought we showed signs of it going last season and I hope we start this season and show even more signs of it."[LNB]Clough hopes his five new signings will help to change the mentality of the squad.[LNB]He added: "There are a lot of new lads here now but they can get dragged into it, I think that happened last season.[LNB]"But they have to be strong enough to say that they were not part of it because a few of them have come from winning mentalities."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk