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Top six favourites to become new Derby manager revealed as fans name preferred choice

The top six favourites to become new Derby County manager is revealed as fans name their preferred choice after Wayne Rooney’s departure.

The League One side’s search for a new manager is underway with Rooney announcing his desire to quit his role at Pride Park amid the ongoing takeover saga.

In a statement he said the administrators “tried tremendously hard” to persuade him to stay but his decision was set.

He added: “Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months.

“I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.

“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club. To them I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.”

Derby captain Curtis Davies speaking to Sky Sports News: “It’s just another bombshell in the life of Derby County. I was told by my friend when I was in the car. I thought he wanted a chat but he was ringing me to tell me the news. It was a big shock but you can’t blame the gaffer after everything that happened last year. He stuck by us when he didn’t need to.

“I was of the idea he was going to stay but with how long the ownership situation has taken, the lack of planning time he’s had with his squad – the season is only a month away and we’ve only got five players. He’s enhanced his reputation with us last season and maybe he wanted to protect that. As a player I’d like to thank him for everything he has done for us – as would the other players and supporters.

“The only person I can see taking charge is Liam Rosenior – he is part of the fabric at the club. If you talking about trying to continue the positivity of last year and the style we played, then he’d be the man I’d put forward.”

Former Rams’ striker Darren Bent has had his say: “It’s come as a bit of a surprise but you look at what he’s had to deal with since he got that job, the points deduction, going into administration, he’s had so much to deal with and I think he can walk away from this job with his head held high,” he said. “Yeah, of course, Derby fans would have loved for him to stay, he done a great job there, he showed dedication when he was linked to other jobs but he decided to stay.

“He felt he could get this crop of players out of that relegation battle, it wasn’t meant to be. He says it there, fresh energy, a new approach because it’s different.”

Below is the top six favourites to become new Derby manager (via Betfair), we’re rather baffled as to Cooper and McClaren being listed by the bookmakers.

Liam Rosenior – 4/6
Sean Dyche – 4/1
Frank Lampard – 6/1
Steve Cooper – 8/1
Steve McClaren – 10/1
John Terry – 12/1

Rosenior, 37, faces a tough decision following Rooney’s exit, having acted as assistant manager throughout all the ups and downs with concerns he could also follow his boss out the exit door. Though the former Hull City defender could also see Derby as the ideal opportunity to step into management.

Also included on the list is a pair of former Rams bosses in the form of Frank Lampard – who is currently in charge at Premier League side Everton – and Steve McClaren, though a return to Pride Park for McClaren is probably quite unlikely given he has recently taken up a number two role at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag.

Nottingham Forest affiliated duo Sean Dyche and Steve Cooper also make the list, along with former Aston Villa coach John Terry who has previously spoken about how he wants to step into management, but he is also waiting for a role which matches his circumstances.

Dyche is the only individual on that list currently without a job. The 50-year-old departure Burnley in April 2022. Meanwhile, some fans have urged Neil Warnock to come out of retirement.

Writer @henrywinter tweeted: “Surely makes sense to appoint Liam Rosenior as #DCFC manager. Keeps some continuity, knows the staff and few remaining players, highly-regarded coach on the rise, cares about the club & respected by fans. Given financial restrictions, Derby’s options aren’t going to be extensive.”

As the top six favourites to become new Derby manager revealed, fans name a preferred choice…

@ramsfan0285: Rosenior deserves the opportunity qualified, articulate and thus far loyal. Outside of that Ian Evatt.

@glennroberta: Rosenior with Curtis Davies… perfect partnership.

@ajrobinson75: What Derby now need to stabilise them as a team is an experienced manager who’s got a proven track record of working with difficult owners. Step forward Tony Mowbray, they could do a lot worse in my opinion.

@AROE77: Put Liam Rosenior and Curtis Davies in charge! #dcfc

@dcfc24seven: I’d love Dyche but could we afford him? #dcfc #dcfcfans

@Gas_Panik: Folk saying Sean Dyche need a huge reality check 😂 #dcfc

@ppounder: It would be crazy if we let him go. Don’t imagine for once the way we played last season was all Rooney. Liam talks a good game and knows a good game. Shown a passion for the club. He needs the opportunity now.

@Paw1966Pw: Being a leeds fan I know what financial meltdown is like and the risk of losing your club. Best of luck to Derby fans. Unfortunately sooner or later a big one is gonna go unless things change.

@DazMoody: Darren Ferguson

@METwedds: To be fair a Rosenior McClaren combo would be class #dcfc #dcfcfans

@SimonJ2508: Neil Warnock

@AdamFisher02: Ian Evatt isn’t a bad shout for gaffer !! Worked extremely well on a shoe string budget at Bolton and Barrow #dcfc

@Nathwyn: I’ve slept on it @dcfcofficial. Neil Warnock please. #dcfcfans #dcfc

@METwedds: Been deliberating the potential Rosenior appointment. If he was good enough for a mid table championship club to be sniffing around he’s got to be good enough for us. He turned them down for us. Give him the chance and we all back him 100% #dcfc #dcfcfans

@lodgey2510: My list for realistic managers in order happy with any for #dcfc #dcfcfans… 1- Warnock, 2- Mowbray, 3- Clough, 4- Adkins, 5- Gary Crosby. No rosenior as unproven, same for Terry and Morris and lastly would dyche but realistically he will wait and get a premiership gig

@90ROSSCO: @warnockofficial cmon neil tha knows what to do #dcfc

@123claire123: For me it’s all about Liam as manager & Curtis as assistant. They have to have a chance. #dcfc #dcfcfans

@Gaz_c_dcfc: @warnockofficial only man I want to get us out of league 1 #dcfc #dcfcfans

@woodwardio79: Keeping Rosenior & Davies is now key. #dcfc

@t89370150: Rosenior for me as he knows the club and the younger players who we want to keep, needs an experienced head as his number 2 but deserves the chance, he’s been just as loyal and as pivotal as Rooney to the spirit in the camp #dcfc #dcfcfans

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