Next Derby County Manager: Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Eddie Howe in the frame to replace Phillip Cocu

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 November 2020, 18:09

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.

Next Derby County Manager Odds

John Terry

Previous Team: None


Sam Allardyce

Previous Team: Everton


Wayne Rooney

Current Team: Derby County


Eddie Howe

Previous Team: Bournemouth


Rafael Benitez

Current Team: Dalian Yifang


Liam Rosenior

Current Team: Derby County


Steve Cooper

Current Team: Swansea City


Paul Cook

Previous Team: Wigan Athletic


John Gregory

Previous Team: Chennaiyin


Steve McClaren

Previous Team: Queens Park Rangers


Danny Cowley

Previous Team: Huddersfield Town


Lee Johnson

Previous Team: Bristol City


Chris Davies

Previous Team: None


Slavisa Jokanovic

Current Team: Al Gharafa


Nigel Adkins

Previous Team: Hull City


Michael Appleton

Current Team: Lincoln City


Steven Gerrard

Current Team: Rangers


Nigel Pearson

Previous Team: Watford


Gary Rowett

Current Team: Millwall


Alex Neil

Current Team: Preston North End


Garry Monk

Previous Team: Sheffield Wednesday


Martin O'Neill

Previous Team: Nottingham Forest


David Wagner

Previous Team: Schalke 04


Roy Keane

Previous Team: Ipswich Town


Darren Moore

Current Team: Doncaster Rovers


Chris Powell

Previous Team: Southend United


Chris Coleman

Previous Team: Hebei China Fortune


Mark Warburton

Current Team: Queens Park Rangers


Darren Wassall

Previous Team: Derby County


Sol Campbell

Previous Team: Southend United


Ralf Rangnick

Previous Team: Leipzig


Alan Curbishley

Previous Team: West Ham United


Odds Correct as of 2020-11-24 15:29:59
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