Lampard left to take over at Chelsea and former Netherlands international Cocu is the Rams’ first ever foreign boss
Phillip Cocu will replace Frank Lampard as Derby manager, the club have confirmed.
Former Netherlands international Cocu is the club’s first ever foreign manager and has signed a four-year contract, with assistant manager Chris Van Der Weerden and specialist first-team coach Twan Scheepers joining him.
In addition, Derby say head goalkeeping coach, Shay Given, will remain as part of the new-look coaching team.
“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 told the official club website.
Frank Lampard’s decision to leave after just one season in charge and take over at Chelsea prompted Derby to act fast and executive chairman Mel Morris expressed his delight Cocu had agreed to join.
“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,” he said.
“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:
- Style of football
- Managerial success at a high level
- Developing and improving both young and experienced players
- Distinguished playing career
- Building player value
- Similar philosophy and values as Derby County
- Experience and desire to harness data analytics and sports science
“Phillip has an excellent track record of achievement in his managerial career with a proven ability to develop players to drive both tangible success and value. We are looking forward to Phillip leading us into the new season.”
During his time as a player, Cocu played for Barcelona, PSV and played 101 times for the Netherlands. In addition to winning league titles as a player, he has also done the same as a manager where he won the Dutch league three times as PSV boss.
Derby are currently in Florida for pre-season training and begin the new season against Huddersfield Town on 5 August.