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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2007, 09:11 GMT 10:11 UK
Derby chairman seeks Davies talks
Derby boss Billy Davies celebrates after his side's victory in the play-off final
Davies has been in charge of Derby since June 2006
Derby chairman Peter Gadsby is to stage urgent talks with boss Billy Davies to clarify the Scot's Pride Park future.

Davies refused to guarantee he would be at Derby next season, despite guiding them into the top flight with a play-off final win against West Brom.

The Scot hinted at a rift with the board over the failure to appoint David Kelly as his assistant at Derby.

Gadsby told BBC Radio Five Live: "He is going to take the club on but there are a few things we need to sort out."

He added: "We had a debt of 50m, we put substantial funds in and wrote that off, we have a very high wage bill because we backed the manager, we have also brought in 12 players in total.

I always said that the focus was on the remainder of the games and after that I would sit down with the board and have a discussion and see what happens from there

Derby manager Billy Davies

"To deal with that all in six months - and we backed him again in January when we were top - do you honestly think, given all that, we would not have not brought in a number two, who would have been on half the wages of a player, if it wasn't just about money?

"There are issues and things that have gone on that really we can't talk about."

Davies signed a three-year contract when he left his post at Preston to take charge of the Rams in June 2006.

There have been reports that his relationship with Derby's managing director Mike Horton has become strained but Davies refused to go into details about his situation.

Davies said he intended to see out his contract - but again stressed he would not guarantee he would be at Pride Park next term.

He stated: "There is nothing guaranteed in life other than that one day we will all pass away.


"I'm not looking for an exit clause. I have signed a three-year contract, I have two years left of that contract. It's my intention to see out the remainder of those two years.

"I always said that the focus was on the remainder of the games and after that I would sit down with the board and have a discussion and see what happens from there.

"Hopefully in the next couple of weeks there will be discussions taking place and we can sort out a few things.

"It is my intention to see out the remainder of my two-year contract and continue with the rebuilding and development of Derby County Football Club."

On the situation surrounding Kelly, Davies added: "A manager relies on his assistant manager.

"A manager's number two is a crucial, crucial appointment and especially such a good one like David Kelly. It's a massive, massive loss."

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