The automatic promotion hopes of Derby County were over almost as quickly as they had begun, with second place slipping away from Gary Rowett’s men following a dismal run of form.
Now battling to hold onto a play-off spot with their poor run showing no signs of coming to an end, the former Birmingham City gaffer needs a miracle if he is to hold off the likes of Bristol City, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United for one of the final two top six spots.
Promotion appears unlikely, with an extremely strong play-off field expected, and Rowett could spend the summer preparing for life in the second tier once more.
This trio could certainly be on his summer shopping list to ensure a place in the top two next year if the Premier League eludes them for another term…
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