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Derby boss Davies denies Birch fall-out

Billy Davies has again firmly dismissed suggestions of a fall-out with Trevor Birch, who left Derby County on Friday after only four months in his role as chief executive.

Reports in the national press last month alleged the Rams manager's relationship with Birch and chairman Peter Gadsby had broken down.

The reports were swiftly and strenuously denied by Davies and Gadsby. Mystery still surrounds the reason for Birch's shock departure.

Some reports have again pointed to possible differences of opinion with the manager but Davies rejects this.

Speaking after Saturday's goalless draw at Fulham, Davies said: "I do not do the hiring and firing at this club, that is a board decision and that's as much as I can say.

"I have not had any fall out at all with Trevor Birch - no fall out, nothing. I have never had cross words with Trevor Birch."

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