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Derby County appoint new manager

Derby County have confirmed the appointment of Phillip Cocu as their new first team manager, replacing Frank Lampard who went to Chelsea.

The 48 year old former Dutch international midfielder Cocu has signed a four-year contract to take charge of the Rams.

He has also made appearances for Fenerbahce and PSV manager who has been an assistant for the Netherlands.

He won three Eredivisie titles and one Dutch cup with the latter, before moving on to the Turkish club though was sacked after 15 games with a record of three wins, five draws and seven defeats.

He has also had a playing career, making 598 appearances and scoring 122 goals in total for AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse, PSV, Barcelona and Al Jazira.

Commenting on his appointment, Cocu said: “I am pleased and honoured to confirm that Derby County will be my new club and can’t wait to meet with the team and the fans to start this adventure together.”

Derby County’s Executive Chairman, Mel Morris CBE, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Phillip Cocu as our new manager.

“We are continuing to develop our philosophy at Derby County and from the first conversation with Phillip, and his team, it was very clear they share similar views.

“The fit is strong. We want to build on the momentum that we have in our style of play, our club values, and the increasingly important role of our Academy. Phillip and his team understand the need and benefits of this approach.

“We had very specific criteria for identifying a new manager.

– Style of football
– Managerial success at a high level
– Developing and improving both young and experienced players
– Distinguished playing career
– Building player value
– Similar philosophy and values as Derby County
– Experience and desire to harness data analytics and sports science

“Phillip has an excellent track record of achievement in his managerial career with a proven ability to develop players to drive both tangible success and value. We are looking forward to Phillip leading us into the new season.”


After learning of Derby County’s appointment of Phillip Cocu, fans took to give their reaction – find out what they had to say on the next page.


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