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Rams pledge Davies support

04 Jul 2007 - 08:29:43

Derby County chairman Peter Gadsby has promised to provide Billy Davies 'with the resources he needs' to keep the Rams in the Premier League.

Boss Davies signed a contract extension on Tuesday to finally end speculation about his future at last season's Championship play-off final winners.

And now Gadsby has vowed to back his manager in the transfer market after revealing he wants the Rams to progress and not just survive in the top-flight.

Davies has already landed Wales international striker Robert Earnshaw in a £3.5million deal from Norwich City and has hinted that more big-money arrivals could be on the cards.

"We set great store in Billy Davies' managerial ability and that is why we have agreed a contract extension with him," said Gadsby.

"One of the issues when we persuaded him to join us from Preston was that we matched his ambition and, in fact, our ambitions did match together because we wanted to get into the Premier League and once there, not just survive but progress.

"I know the bookmakers have already made us favourites to go down, but we are going to provide Billy with the resources he needs.

"We are going to have a damn good go at becoming a presence in the Premiership and not just be there for the sight-seeing."

Meanwhile, Davies has appointed former Scotland national coach Craig Brown as a football consultant at Pride Park.

Brown, also his predecessor at former club Preston North End, is expected to act as a buffer between Davies and the Rams board.


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