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Davies calls for Rams belief
21 Jun 2007 - 12:16:31
Derby County boss Billy Davies has urged his players to forget their underdog tag ahead of their return to the top-flight.
The Rams ended a five-year exile from the Premier League after winning last month's Championship play-off final and Davies has stressed the importance of self-belief ahead of what promises to be a difficult next season.
He told the club's official website: "We are happy to be in the Premier League and we have got to realise that we are here on merit.
"Our challenge is to compete with these teams and kick on from there.
"It will not only be difficult for Derby County, it will be difficult for everyone else out there too - but we are looking forward to it."
Davies has also warned his players that last season's achievements will count for nothing when the new campaign kicks off in August.
He added: "The celebrations were excellent, but then it was time to review and reflect on the last 12 months to try and move the club forward at all levels.
"That has happened, we have been in conversation and will continue to be in conversation.
"It is a great challenge that lies ahead of us."