Ugwu arrives at Home Park

Derby CEO Sam Rush insists the club are heading in the right
direction, despite announcing a marginally increased loss of almost
?8million for the last financial year.

The club’s latest accounts show that their debt now stands at
around ?34million, which includes the ?15million mortgage on Pride
Park.

The net loss for the year ending June 2012 was ?7.9million,
slightly up on the ?7.7million for the previous 12 months.

The club’s turnover was ?17.3million, down from ?18.1million the
year before, while operating costs were reduced from ?17.6million
to ?17.3million.

Despite the figures, Derby remain confident they are on the
right course and insist the ownership group will continue to
bankroll the club because they believe in the work being done by
manager Nigel Clough.

Chief executive Rush said: “Although the figures relate to a
time prior to my arrival at the club, they do offer evidence of one
of the key factors that attracted me to Derby County.

“We have a strong ownership group who continue to be the single
biggest source of finance. The simple truth is that somebody has to
cover our working capital needs, as well as make continued
investments in our squad and wider infrastructure.

“The ownership group’s strength offers the club that much-needed
financial stability. We aim to be both successful and sustainable.
Increasingly, clubs won’t be able to gamble their futures as they
have in the past, and this can only be good for the long-term
health of the game.

“I and the rest of the board aim for Derby County to be
successful and challenging for promotion, and we will do this the
right way, through hard work and continued improvement.

“This stability and ethos runs right through the club and this
year we have all seen further development on the field. Nigel
Clough has created a young and exciting team that people are
talking about in a very positive and complementary way.”

With 21 goals to his name already – and 10 in his past 10
appearances, Van Persie has made a phenomenal start to life at Old
Trafford following his ?24million move from Arsenal.

The Dutchman has earned warm praise from his new boss, who is
not just delighted by the contribution Van Persie has made on the
field, but also the example he has set with his professionalism off
it.

However, Ferguson does not believe that United cannot cope
without their star striker.

“I don’t go along with the idea we have become a one-man team,”
Ferguson told United Review. “There was a time in our history when
one man did carry us for a while. Eric Cantona kept us in
contention with his goals when a few others were off the boil.

“But things are quite different now.

“Javier Hernandez has weighed in with 12 goals while Wayne
Rooney is currently on nine.

“Two defenders, Johnny Evans and Patrice Evra, have chipped in
with eight between them so it doesn’t stand up to see us as a
one-man band overly dependent on Van Persie, brilliant as he has
been at both making and taking goals.”

Yet Ferguson can hardly deny Roberto Mancini’s claim that Van
Persie is presently making the difference in this season’s title
battle.

“He is absolutely relishing his new challenge,” he said.

“He is the right player, at the right club, at the right
time.

“He has a winning mentality, but as he points out, it is one
that goes right through the squad and one that will hopefully see
us push on in both league and the cups and successfully navigate
what is a busy and challenging period.”

With Nick Chadwick one match into a six-game ban and Warren
Feeney set to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks with an ankle
injury, boss John Sheridan has moved quickly to fill the gap with
the former Yeovil loanee.

The 19-year-old will stay at Home Park for an initial month but
the loan period can be extended until the end of the season,
subject to an agreement between Gozie and the two clubs.

Ugwu made five starts and 13 substitute appearances for the
Glovers during his loan spell earlier this season, scoring three
goals.