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Shock new name emerges as next Derby manager search continues

A shock new name emerges as the next Derby County manager search continues following the departure Phillip Cocu nearly a month ago.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has emerged as the shock contender to fill the vacant manager position at Pride Park and are keen to build the club’s future around him according to reports.

It is being claimed by an Insider that Dyche is being considered as a possible option to replace Cocu with both clubs in the relegation zone of their respective leagues.

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Wayne Rooney was placed in interim charge alongside fellow coaches Justin Walker, Liam Rosenior and Shay Given but that setup only lasted a couple of matches.

After defeats to Bristol City and Middlesbrough, Rooney was installed as a sole interim coach and has taken a step back from playing duties.

Since then he’s picked up two draws and a win to lift them off the bottom of the Championship table.

Wayne is the odds-on favourite to be appointed the club’s permanent manager once a takeover by Dubai-based Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is completed.

The £60 million buyout of current owner Mel Morris is imminent.

Dyche is set to begin talks about a new contract with Burnley as a takeover of their own looms by United States businessman Alan Pace, however if that fails, it’s hard to see how he would want to stay especially after expressing many a frustration at the transfer budget.

Burnley picked up a valuable point with a 1-1 draw against Everton at the weekend, are struggling with six points from ten games this season and are in 19th place.

Dyche, whose contract with Burnley is up in 2022, has led the Turf Moor side to promotion from the Championship twice whilst trying to establish them as a top tier team.

Dyche won’t be walking away from the club while any approach from Derby would require the Rams to pay a hefty compensation fee making any such move highly unlikely.

Following Cocu’s departure last month, Rooney outlined his stance on becoming Derby manager full-time.

“I am ambitious and I want to go into management. I have been quite open about that,” said Rooney.

“I don’t know how long this situation (at Derby) is going to last but I wouldn’t be an ambitious person if I said I didn’t want the job.”

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce has outlined his wish to return to football – and the ideal situation he would like to find himself in sounds very similar to the one Derby are in.

Allardyce has been out of work since he departed Everton back in 2018, more than two full seasons ago.

“It’s the longest I’ve been out of football in my entire life since I left school at 15, it’s been just over two years,” Allardyce told the EFL highlights programme on Quest.

“I have got itchy feet, but in saying that I am not actively looking.

“But if somebody came calling and it was really attractive to me and I felt that I could have a good relationship with the owners and the chief executive and the team looked like it was in the right direction and you could take it somewhere…

“It’s all about success and success for me could be taking the team out of trouble and getting them promoted.

“We will have to wait and see.

“I think dreams of a big club in the Premier League would not be my ambition anymore but certainly if the right club came along it would be nice to get back in.

“I’ve missed it but I have had a really good break and enjoyed it.”


Wayne Rooney – 11/10
John Terry – 5/4
Steve Cooper – 10/1
Sam Allardyce – 14/1
David Wagner – 16/1
Paul Cook – 20/1
Eddie Howe – 25/1

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