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Phillip Cocu named new manager of Derby County

Phillip Cocu has been named new manager of Derby County.

Cocu has signed a four-year deal to replace Frank Lampard at Pride Park, following his return to Chelsea.

Former Dutch international Cocu, 48, will be tasked with leading the Rams to another promotion push, after the club reached the play-off final under his predecessor last term.

"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," declared the former midfielder.

Cocu previously won three Dutch titles in five years during his time as PSV Eindhoven manager.

Derby owner Mel Morris added: "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.

“Phillip has an excellent track record of achievement in his managerial career with a proven ability to develop players to drive both tangible success and value.

We are looking forward to Phillip leading us into the new season."

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