Derby dismiss Cocu

Derby County have parted ways with manager Phillip Cocu, the club has announced.

The Dutchman had been appointed in July 2019 as Frank Lampard’s replacement, initially signing a four-year deal at Pride Park.

Results have certainly not gone the Rams’ way this season as they prop up the Championship on just six points from their 11 games.

Cocu wasn’t even in attendance for his final game as Derby lost 0-2 at home to Barnsley – the manager was self-isolating.

The change has been long in waiting but some Derby fans were worried the board may continue to give the former Netherlands international longer given the length of his contract.

Derby are not back in action until next Saturday when they travel to Bristol City. This gives the club time to appoint a new manager, but player-coach Wayne Rooney is expected to be promoted into that role.

The East Midlands club did finish 10th last season under Phillip Cocu, but spent the first half of the season flirting with the relegation zone prior to Rooney’s arrival on New Year’s Day 2020. They were never serious contenders to reach the play-offs.