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Phillip Cocu is close to an agreement with Derby County. The English are expected to announce quickly that they will appoint Cocu as the successor to Frank Lampard.
Cocu is internally seen as the ideal candidate to take over Lampard's duties. In addition to their position as professionals, they both have a great career as a player. As a new manager, Cocu would soon win the respect of the group.
48-year-old Cocu has been out of work since October last year, when Fenerbahçe put him aside as a trainer after four months. His stay in Turkey was his first adventure as a coach abroad for the former midfielder, after five successful seasons with PSV. Cocu was previously linked to Real Betis.
If everything comes around, Cocu will probably take Twan Scheepers with him to his new club. The 47-year-old from Eindhoven works as an individual coach in PSV training and can work as Cocu's assistant in England. Cocu management is currently discussing the latest details with Derby.
Cocu faces the difficult task of equalizing Lampard's success at Derby County. The former midfielder entered The Rams a year ago and almost led the club to promotion in his first year. Only in the final of the play-offs did the club have to recognize his superior in Aston Villa. Lampard is expected to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea in the short term.