Let's do the Lord a favour, should go without a hitch
Back on a family day in two thousand and ten I met the players along with the rest of the fans; it was the first time I had met Neil Warnock and Clint Hill and a grey haired man that I wasn't sure if he was a player or part of the coaching staff!
I met the midfield maestro on a few occasions after that and I have to say he is a player that gave one hundred per cent every time he wore the blue and white of Queens Park Rangers!
I am of course talking about Shaun Derry; a no nonsense player who goes in hard and gets results.
The last time I saw him play for us was against Peterborough in a pre-season friendly. A fan got on to the pitch to talk to Jamie Mackie and Derry, with his 'game face' on, told the fan to "P#ss off, we have a job to do!" and the fan was thrown out.
When he moved across to Millwall I knew then we'd seen the last of him at QPR as a player; I was delighted for him when he became Manager of Notts County.
(Photo; Andy Barrett)
With the return to fitness of Andy Johnson and Harry''s favourite Bobby Zamora, and not forgetting Chevanton, the battle for places up front is certainly on. With the Gaffer only playing one up front it makes it even harder to get a starting place or even a place on the bench!
We have a player in the EDS squad, that when called upon, delivered the goods. Tommy Hitchcock is scoring goals for fun but, with due respect, EDS level isn't anywhere near the first team level.
Harry Redknapp himself has said "He'll loan the boy out,"
Shaun Derry has taken over a club that is very much in trouble; maybe loaning a very good young goalscorer will help him in his first managerial post.
If rumours are to be believed then Stevenage and Notts County are in for Hitchcock; it would be great if he want to Nottingham on loan, a great way for the club to thank Shaun for his service to the hoops.
It works in so many ways, Shaun will know the young goalscorer from his time here and will carry on the coaching that Messrs Bircham and Gallen have done. It will be a challenge for young Hitchcock to go into a side that is battling to avoid relegation. If he can score goals he improves his game and if nothing else it will make Harry Redknapp sit up and take notice.
The only thing I would ask is they put a twenty four hour recall on him; we don't have the best of luck with injuries up front and may need him back at the bush!