Ross Morren, The County Corner
A week can be a long time in football.
This time seven days ago, it looked like Malky Mackay would be using the international break to rejuvenate his Ross County squad ahead of a crucial run of fixtures.
However, last Wednesday it was announced that the club had parted ways with Malky. It was news that caught a lot of supporters by surprise, but the most surprising news was yet to come…
On Monday evening, Derek Adams was announced as the new Ross County manager. It’ll be Derek’s third spell in charge of the club, and if his previous spells in Dingwall are anything to go by, County fans can be excited at the prospect of what’s to come.
In the past, Derek has guided County to two promotions, one of which included a 40-match unbeaten run in the league, a Scottish Cup final and the first top-six finish in the club’s history. Based on those achievements, in the minds of many fans, Derek has been the greatest manager to ever sit in the Victoria Park dugout.
It’s not just in Dingwall where Derek has achieved success as a manager. During his nine years managing in England, he twice won promotion from League Two with Plymouth and Morecambe, respectively.
Derek’s teams have always had an identity of attacking and entertaining football - the kind that gets fans off their seats. This current County side certainly have players in the squad capable of excelling in this style.
Roy MacGregor said last week he wanted his new manager to have a Sir Alex Ferguson-esque defiance when coming up against the bigger clubs in the league.
Derek has that in abundance, which is evidenced by some of County’s most famous wins in their history, such as the 2010 Scottish Cup semi-final, where a First Division Ross County didn’t just beat Celtic 2-0 at Hampden, but played them off the park.
I think most importantly, this appointment is one that will galvanise and unite the fans. Derek is a club legend and we all know his fantastic attributes as a manager, so the fans will be desperate to see him repeat some of his previous heroics, while also guiding the club forward into the future.