Three reasons Derby County will replicate Newcastle United next season

Newcastle United were promoted back to the Premier League on Monday night after they guaranteed themselves a top two finish in the Championship by beating Preston North End 4-1 at St James’ Park.

The Magpies have joined Brighton and Hove Albion in sealing a spot in the top flight next term but one team that won’t be joining the duo is Derby County.

The Rams were one of the pre-season favourites to be involved in the promotion race under former manager Nigel Pearson but a disappointing spell at the start of the campaign and then again in 2017 under Steve McClaren means they will spend another year at this level.

Gary Rowett was appointed as the club’s third boss of the season in March and despite their underwhelming campaign, he will hope that his team can follow in the footsteps of the Magpies and return to the Premier League for the first time since 2008 next term.

Here are three reasons why Derby County will replicate their Championship rivals.…