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Big announcement? Big disappointment... Derby fans react

News broke mid-day about a 'big announcement' at Derby, after all the build up.. the outcome was rather disappointing.

Derby fans were left pondering about the 'big announcement' yesterday and mid-day when widely respected journalist tweeted:

A local journalist tweeted confirming the initial report, and that it was due to be announced at 8:00pm, all the Derby fans could do is sit, wait and speculate. 

The first set of rumours ranged from a player signing, to a full board take over and despite many people being sceptical, there was undoubtedly a buzz around the club that had people flooding internet forums and sending twitter was ablaze. 

Derby fans were clock watching, as it got closer to the time of announcement and as the clock hit 7:55pm the official Derby County twitter dropped the 'BIG ANNOUNCEMENT': 

The announcement landed like a fart in the wind, and the only real 'feelings' were from fans that were apathetic about the situation and could have done without the incredible build up, and the fans who were outraged by the club perceivably sponsoring out a part of history. 

Celebrity Derby County fans were amongst the thousands of supporters venting their opinion, Olympian and famous Derby County supporter Ross Davenport commented: 

 However, former skins actor and passionate fan Jack O'Connell was less than impressed with a series of tweets: 

We're just another penny picking spineless business, to me though we're still a people's club with a proud history, the baseball ground II

 Derby County Franchise Commodity

— Jack O'C (@JackO__C) November 13, 2013

And, that was both sides of the argument summed up perfectly. 

My view is whilst 'Pride Park' was never the most favoured names amongst Derby fans, the name change was always going to hit some supporters harder than others. It was an inevitable, some people just don't like change. 

The financial fair play regulations are coming in harshly, and there is a good chance that Derby could be one of the sides affected, and need to come up with 'creative' ways of increasing their income. There is a dire need to be able to stay competitive financially with the sides with parachute payments, if there is any chance of promotion back to the Premier League. 

The Plaza is being built next, and this is the one I am more interested in. It has incredible potential, not only to bring in a wealth of income for the club, but to really enhance the match day experience for supporters! 

I will be watching with a close eye, to make sure the idea is implemented to the benefit of not only the bank balance, but also the supporters. It's about time the club had a proper supporters bar at the very least. 

image: © eamoncurry

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