NEWS: Davies leaves for Derby

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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…

6 replies
  1. John from Brid
    John from Brid says:

    Although by football terms getting a bit long in the tooth and more injury prone I would have hoped a new manager / coach would be in place before players jumped ship.

  2. Dave bowman
    Dave bowman says:

    Hopefully we can get all the bad news out of the way long before the new campaign starts and start the new season on the front foot for a change.

    To Curtis Davies I say thank you for all your efforts in the black and amber and good luck with your new club (apart from when we play Derby obviously).

  3. Rich
    Rich says:

    “an amazing 2012/13 season”, needs editing to “an amazing 2013/14 season”. Ta.

  4. HempholmeTigers
    HempholmeTigers says:

    and so it begins – the great fire-sale by the club who in the great Ehab’s words is ‘not a selling club’. Huddz next, Harry and Robertson sure to be going next etc. We’ll be left with the third reserves and academy players. And of course if rumours pan out, loan players from Russia(?) Chelski (?).
    Farewell Curtis, a fine player and a true gentleman. You’ll be soundly applauded on your next visit to Hull.

  5. Ambertigerfan
    Ambertigerfan says:

    Suggestion for the manager rating box as implied by his name: “Slutsky: will he go all the way?”.

    Surely the highly objective Tomb Rater should be reduced to 0/10 given the incompetence of the recent campaign.

    Also, are negative ratings allowed in anticipation of more of the same from the Allams next season?

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