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Relegated Rams scrap reserve side

Paul Jewell
Jewell says the Rams will benefit from flexibility at reserve level (Getty)

Derby County are scrapping their reserve side for next season.

Premier League rules meant the Rams had to play in the Premier Reserve League this term but boss Paul Jewell says that will change in the Championship.

"It's nothing to do with cost, I think it's better suited for the football club," Jewell told BBC Radio Derby.

"And a lot of clubs have the same idea because trying to get a reserve game off when it's not convenient is harder than getting blood out of a stone."

Jewell added: "You end up sending a team that is not equipped.

"You look at the reserves that have played most of the season and it's basically been a youth team because the games have fallen when it hasn't been convenient.

"What I want to do next season is play games behind closed doors or at our convenience rather than just fulfilling fixtures."

see also
West Ham 2-1 Derby
19 Apr 08 |  Premier League

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