Date: 6th July 2019 at 8:00am
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Usually, we have to wait until the week of the game before we start discussing who’s the bigger club.

That however isn’t the case for the two teams that will be competing for this year’s Brian Clough Trophy, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. With supporters seemingly trying to fill time between transfers and possibly bored by the lack of football, one set of supporters decided to reignite the debate a little early.

Both sides have gone through recent changes in the dugout, with Nottingham Forest dropping Martin O’Neill and replacing him with Sabri Lamouchi, whilst Derby County fought tooth and nail to keep Frank Lampard, but eventually lost out to Chelsea and replaced him with Dutchman Phillip Cocu.

These changes left a few Forest fans what it means for the standing of both clubs. Are both clubs in a better position than they were last were? Are they both worse off? Has one of them taken a step ahead of the other?

The response from Forest fans was somewhat mixed. Possibly hindered by the relative lack of knowledge surrounding Lamouchi and his previous managerial reigns, a lot of Forest fans hoped that Derby’s lack of loan players compared to last season compared to their ‘core’ will see them finish above the Rams this season.

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