Derby ran out of steam last season after an impressive first half of the campaign. Can they maintain a promotion push this time around?
Steve McClaren fell short last season, but for long periods Derby looked favourites to reach the Promised Land of the Premier League.
It now remains to be seen whether the inexperienced Paul Clement can take the team on and deliver the promotion the fans are craving.
Freddie Shires: Paul Clement’s first season in management will prove a raving success thanks to some shrewd summer additions.
Damien Lucas: Another solid season from County with Andreas Wiemann impressing up front but like Blackburn are undone in the play-offs.
Mathew Nash: Best recruiters of the summer and should finally make it to the Premier League under exciting new coach Paul Clement.
Che Thomas: Somebody has to able to take this group of talented Derby players up, but even though Paul Clement, the assistant manager of Real Madrid has taken over, it’s hard to know just how well he will perform in charge of a club. Definitely should be there or thereabouts though.
Stephen Pickering: The Rams have shored up their defence this summer and added experience to their young talented side. Paul Clement remains unproven, but their squad is arguably the best in the division. Key player: Tom Ince.
Tim Poole: Paul Clement is a stellar coach but his first job in management means automatic promotion may be a step too far.
Billy Hawkins: Arguably the strongest team in the division, although Paul Clement’s inexperience could cost them.
Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.
Here it is:
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