Derby surely set for the drop

There is always talk of a gulf in class between the Premier League and Championship but never has it been so evident with Derby County.

Down the years there have been some awful Premiership sides, Swindon Town and Barnsley among them, but are any as bad as this current Rams side?

Billy Davies’ boys, in truth, have not been terrible at home claiming a victory against Newcastle and a credible draw with Portsmouth.

But County have been shocking away from home, they conceded six at Anfield, four at White Hart Line and five at the Emirates – which terrible for the top division.

If the Premier League is to the best in the world then it has to be competitive and, unfortunately, the league is predictable at the top and bottom of the table.

While something must be done to address the gulf, and bridge the gap, that will not save the Rams this season.

It may take a miracle for them to maintain their top-flight status.