phillip cocu replaces frank lampard as derby county manager

17:00    05 Jul 2019

Phillip Cocu
EFL Championship side Derby County have announced Phillip Cocu as their new manager.

The former Dutch international midfielder 48, has penned a four-year contract to take charge of the Rams.

Cocu has replaced Frank Lampard, who recently left the club for English Premier League giants Chelsea FC.

"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 said.

Derby’s Executive Chairman, Mel Morris CBE explained why the club decided to hand the former PSV Eindhoven manager the job.

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“We are delighted to welcome Phillip Cocu as our new manager," Morris said.

“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.

“We had very specific criteria for identifying a new manager."

Cocu guided PSV to three Dutch Eredivisie titles during five full seasons in charge between 2013 and 2018.

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