There’s been an array of twists and turns in the next Derby County manager market since Phillip Cocu left the club over a week ago.
On Monday, former Rams boss Steve McClaren emerged as the shock new favourite for the Championship vacancy, however today (Tuesday) the club have revealed that he has in fact returned to Pride Park, but not as manager.
McClaren has instead agreed a contract to act as an advisor to the Derby board with immediate effect. A club statement read:
“In this capacity he will assume the role and duties of both advisor and Technical Director, a position which has been identified by agreement between Mel Morris and Derventio Holdings as important to the future of the club. The permanent status of the Technical Director role will be subject to ratification by Derventio Holdings’ board following completion of the club acquisition.”
Meanwhile, Derby’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Pearce, said:
“We are delighted to have Steve’s help and support at this critical time. His knowledge, experience, and academic qualifications will be invaluable to us. I am sure he will make a huge contribution.”
It’s difficult to make any concrete predictions when it comes to Derby’s search for a new manager, but McClaren’s appointment could potentially boost the full-time chances of one - or more - of the club’s current interim quartet.
In the immediate aftermath of the news, Bet Victor cut Wayne Rooney’s odds from 14/1 to 5/1 to be named as permanent boss. For the moment, Liam Rosenior remains a 20/1 outsider.
Mac is back
Meanwhile, Rooney’s old England teammate John Terry is currently the odds-on favourite to branch into management for the first time.
Both Terry - who is currently assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa - and Rooney did of course play under McClaren during his underwhelming spell as England manager. Terry was even named captain of the national side under McClaren, whereas Rooney memorably scored this goal against Russia.
The Three Lions did infamously fail to qualify for Euro 2008, however that was over 12 years ago, and now in the present one of Rooney or Terry could potentially be set to become a manager in their own right.
Elsewhere, Sam Allardyce can be backed at 4/1 and Eddie Howe at 6/1, whereas former frontrunner Rafa Benitez has drifted to 16/1.