Frank Lampard to Chelsea: Derby ‘close’ to appointing Phillip Cocu as manager’s successor

New era

The Championship side are planning for life without the manager, who is closing in on a return to Stamford Bridge

Phillip Cocu is ‘close’ to replacing Frank Lampard in the Derby hotseat, according to reports.

Chelsea legend Lampard is expected to make a stunning return to Stamford Bridge as the club’s new manager this week.

Phillip Cocu endured a difficult spell with Fenerbahce


Phillip Cocu endured a difficult spell with Fenerbahce

The former England midfielder impressed in his debut managerial season, guiding Derby to the Championship play-off final in May.

The Blues view Lampard as the ideal replacement for Maurizio Sarri, who left west London after just one season to join Juventus.

Press Association say Cocu is poised to sign a four-year deal when Lampard’s switch to Chelsea is made official.

Frank Lampard is in talks with Chelsea


Frank Lampard is in talks with Chelsea

The Dutchman is likely to join his new squad for their pre-season trip to America later this week.

Cocu won three Eredivisie titles during a five-year spell as PSV manager before moving to Fenerbahce last summer.

However, he was in charge for just 15 games and left in October after winning just three times in one of the worst starts in the club’s history.

As a player, he won 101 caps for the Netherlands, four Dutch titles with PSV as well as LaLiga with Barcelona where he spent six years.

Earlier this week, Derby chairman Mel Morris told talkSPORT the club had started looking for Lampard’s successor.

He said: “We have and we will now accelerate those efforts.

“Obviously there’s a lot of activity expected to go on during the course of this week.

“We’re still very keen to get something sorted out in terms of the forthcoming tour to Florida.”