Derby County Waste No Time To Appoint Lampard’s Successor

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While it took Chelsea weeks and months of speculation to confirm the appointment of Frank Lampard as the new Chelsea manager, Derby County has moved in swiftly to appoint a replacement for their former manager.

It was a merry go round in terms of managerial appointment, as Chelsea lost Maurizio Sarri to Juventus after the Italian decided to quit his role as Chelsea manager just after one year at the club. Chelsea turned to club legend Frank Lampard who had a successful year as Derby County boss, and the 41-year-old was on Thursday afternoon confirmed as the new Chelsea manager.

The Rams have appointed the former Netherlands international Phillip Cocu as Frank Lampard’s managerial successor at Pride Park.

Cocu, 48, has signed a four-year contract and will be joined by assistant manager Chris van der Weerden and specialist first-team coach Twan Scheepers.

Derby executive chairman Mel Morris said of the deal: “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.”

Derby’s head goalkeeping coach Shay Given will remain as part of the new-look coaching team as he snubbed a chance to move to Stamford Bridge with Lampard.

Given joined Lampard’s staff when he was appointed Rams boss last summer, but decided to stay put at Derby County even as Lampard moved to Chelsea. Lampard was keen to take him along in his new job, but the former Manchester City goalkeeper snubbed a move to Chelsea.

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