Derby County have parted ways with the self-isolating Phillip Cocu via the good old fashioned means of ‘mutual consent’.
Cocu is the ninth Football League manager to exit his post this season, and the fourth from the Championship following Gerhard Struber, Sabri Lamouchi, and Garry Monk who was replaced by Tony Pulis on Friday.
Cocu, who succeeded Frank Lampard in July 2019, vacates his post with a record of 21 wins, 18 draws and 26 defeats from 65 matches at the helm, while Derby are rock-bottom of the Championship table with just six points from a possible 33 available this season.
Attention will swiftly turn to Cocu’s potential successor in the next Derby County manager market, with the club hunting for their eighth permanent boss since 2016.
Last month reports surfaced that Derby were considering replacing the Dutchman with one of his own players, Wayne Rooney, who has yet to complete his coaching badges.
However, Rams owner Mel Morris then slammed the reports on TalkSport:
"Ha! I read the article last night and it’s like a lot of these things on transfers and issues like this; I wish sometimes people would tell me what is happening because I had absolutely no idea that was going down.
"I found it completely and totally ridiculous that that was in there, and I sent the article to someone else last night and said, ‘there is fake news and then there is this!’"
Given Cocu’s subsequent exit, it will now be interesting to see whether Derby place their trust in rookie Rooney, or instead opt for an experienced head, given their struggles at the start of the season.
It’s Rooney who has emerged as the early favourite in the betting, while his old England teammate John Terry also features. Terry is currently coaching at Aston Villa but is believed to be keen to follow the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into management.
If either Rooney or Terry do get the job it will fascinating to see how they handle the pressure cauldron of the Championship, especially considering Derby’s stuttering start.
Meanwhile, Derby’s Specialist First Team Coach Liam Rosenior could well be offered an opportunity to oversee the first team.
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has yet to make his managerial return, whereas their former boss Nigel Pearson is also available to make a surprise return, with a move back to his old club Sheffield Wednesday not coming to fruition.
Paul Cook, Garry Monk, Danny Cowley and Sam Allardyce also feature in the betting at this early stage.
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