Phillip Cocu leaves Derby as Wayne Rooney speculation mounts

Cocu took over as Rams boss during the summer of 2019 following the departure of Frank Lampard to Chelsea.

However, Derby have managed just six points this season, and sit bottom of the table.

With Wayne Rooney currently at Derby in a player-coach role, there is growing speculation that the former England captain could be given a bigger role at the Rams.

Derby also confirmed assistant manager Chris van der Weerden and specialist first team coach Twan Scheepers have left their roles along with Cocu.

A statement on the Derby website read: “The club would like to place on record its appreciation for the way Phillip and his staff conducted themselves in what were some extremely challenging situations during his tenure.”

“Phillip and his staff helped develop and establish a considerable number of Academy players into the first-team squad and Phillip made significant financial contributions and personal efforts towards the club’s community projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, which the club are extremely grateful for.

“Derby County wishes to thank Phillip, Chris and Twan for their hard work and dedication over the last 16 months and wish them every success in their future careers.

“The club will provide further updates when appropriate and will be making no further comment in the meantime.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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