Former Barcelona star Phillip Cocu has replaced Frank Lampard as Derby County manager on a four-year deal.
Just a day after Lampard’s return to Chelsea was sealed, Derby have made the bold move in making Cocu as their first-ever foreign manager.
Much like Lampard himself, the Dutch legend enjoyed a stellar playing career of his own and tasted league glory at both PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona as a midfielder. He also represented the Netherlands 101 times.
After hanging up his boots in 2008, Cocu has since enjoyed a successful transition into coaching. He first took on an assistant role with Holland and helped them reach the 2010 World Cup final before returning to PSV.
Back in Eindhoven, the 48-year-old won 144 of his 220 matches in charge and led PSV to three Eredivisie titles until he left in 2017.
Following a short spell in Turkey with Fenerbahce in 2018, Cocu is back in the dugout and raring to go for his first spell of English football.
“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 club’s website.
Derby chairman Mel Morris said: “We are delighted to welcome Phillip Cocu as our new manager.
“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.”
Cocu will now head out to Derby’s 10-day training camp in Florida.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 5, 2019