City have sold Curtis Davies to Championship rivals Derby County for an undisclosed fee.
The Rams activated what seemed a ludicrously low £500,000 relegation release clause, making the ‘undisclosed’ element of the announcement a bit pointless, in truth. Davies, 32, has signed a two year deal.
It brings to an end an eventful and mainly glory-filled four years with the Tigers for an excellent, committed defender and an erudite, thoughtful man. After joining from Birmingham City in the summer of 2013, he skippered City in an amazing 2013/14 season which saw a best-ever Premier League finish and a first FA Cup final, in which he scored the Tigers’ second goal in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at Wembley, and clamours for him to be recalled by England.
He then led us into European football but the wheels started to come off when injuries and disagreements with Steve Bruce led to his omission from the team as the Tigers were relegated. The signing of Michael Dawson both helped and hindered his cause, although the two became a strong, experienced Championship partnership with Dawson as captain.
Davies played in City’s play-off win at Wembley last summer and then made 29 further Premier League appearances under Mike Phelan and Marco Silva, famously tweeting the photo of the undersized team in pre-season when City had neither a manager nor enough fit players to begin a Premier League campaign.
In total, he played 145 senior games for City in six competitions, scoring seven goals, and conducted himself with professionalism, sportsmanship and no little humour. We’ll miss him and we wish him well.
It means that City now have to find a replacement for him, and defenders of his class, experience, ability and attainable wage bracket are not exactly common. So perhaps the appointment of a new manager or head coach might have become even more urgent…