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.