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        Dutch manager takes charge at Derby County

        Cocu succeeds Lampard

        2019/07/05 11:26
        By Stephen Gillett

        Derby County have moved quickly to fill the managerial gap left by Frank Lampard - appointing former Netherlands international Phillip Cocu as their new boss. 

        Cocu, 48, has finalised terms on a four-year contract and will be joined at Pride Park by assistant Chris van der Weerden and specialist first-team coach Twan Scheepers. Shay Given will be retained by the Rams in his role as senior goalkeeping coach. 

        “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,” Cocu told the club website.

        Turkish dismay

        The former Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven midfielder won three Eredivisie titles as PSV manager between 2015 and 2018, but his most recent stint in management was a forgettable experience in Turkey: Cocu winning only three of 15 games before being fired last October.

        Cocu will fill the shoes of new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who guided Derby to the Championship play-off final last term, as the Rams fell at the final hurdle with a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley. 

        The Rams’ seventh manager in four years was welcomed to Derby by executive chairman Mel Morris, who said: 

        “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.”

        During a stellar playing career, Cocu won La Liga with Barcelona in 1998/99 and earned 101 international caps for Holland.



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