Darren Moore returned to the Wednesday dugout at Derby today and felt his team gave him everything they could as we slipped back into division one.
Manager Moore, who is recovering from pneumonia after previously contracting Covid-19, was given clearance to return to the touchline on Thursday.
And after watching his Wednesday side twice lead at Pride Park before drawing 3-3 and being relegated, Moore said: “I’m disappointed for everyone connected with the football club. It is something really hard to take now.
“The players feel really low but I said to the boys they had to come here today and leave everything on the pitch – and they did. It was a pulsating game and it didn’t go our way.
“Credit to the players because you have got to realise the emotion they are under in such a game and they gave everything – it just wasn’t enough in the end.
“It’s a wonderful club, I’m proud to be here. It’s a huge task and it will take a huge effort in the roads ahead.”
Looking to the future, Moore said: “I’ve got one head on me today and will have another one on when I get up tomorrow, in terms of moving this place forward.”
Moore said he has not held any meetings, as yet, with out-of-contract players and such like, explaining: “We have got meetings planned but nothing has been decided – everything from day one has been about staying in the league.
“I’m grateful to be back and the work starts tomorrow.”