Derby let big names go
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Division One side endured a miserable season following relegation from The Premiership the year before, with the club currently managerless after sacking John Gregory for 'serious allegations' last week.
Of the ten out-of-contract players to be released by the Pride Park board - Craig Burley, Rob Lee, Fabrizio Ravanelli (pictured) and Branko Strupar will all be looking for pastures new next season.
The four will be joined by Patrick Bannister, Sean Donnelly, Ian Evatt, Martin Flanagan, Matthew O'Halloran and Marvin Robinson in leaving the East Midlands outfit.
In the meantime, The Rams have decided to offer Georgi Kinkladze, Lee Morris, Adam Murray and Richard Jackson new one-year deals while Marcus Tudgay has been offered month-to-month terms, as he is recovering from serious injury.
Following the decision on which out-of-contract players would stay or go at Derby, club secretary Keith Pearson paid tribute to the departing ten.
"On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank the players for their service to Derby County," Pearson told the club's official website.
"It's always sad to see players leave but that's how the football world operates. We wish them all well.
"The players we have offered new deals to now have a month to respond to our proposals."