Real Madrid experience will help Derby's Davies

Craig Brown says Billy Davies is the right man to lead Derby County back to the Premiership.

Brown looks set to join Davies' backroom staff at Pride Park in an advisory role. The former Scotland manager knows Davies well and the two worked together at Preston North End between 2002 and 2004.

"I have no doubts Billy will cope in the English Premier League," Brown told the Derby Evening Telegraph. "People forget what a phenomenal job Billy did at Motherwell.

"To make an impression in Scotland, when you're competing against Rangers and Celtic, is a fantastic achievement.

"Billy won several Manager of the Month awards during his time there and, when you consider he was up against the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Dick Advocaat, Jozef Venglos and Martin O'Neill, it makes that sound even more impressive."

Brown added: "Billy also spent his own money to visit some of the top clubs in Europe to see how they do things.

"He spent some time with Real Madrid and got on well with Luis Figo, if I'm not mistaken. I think he still has his number.

"I saw Figo had signed a new contract with Inter Milan last week and I thought 'well, that's one player Billy won't be able to sign!"

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