Wayne Rooney needs time
When Cocu was sacked back in November, the pretty obvious transition seemed to be to hand Rooney his first managerial role.
He was made a player-coach for that exact reason and after losing his first two matches as caretaker boss, England’s all-time leading scorer removed himself from playing duties to focus on the touchline full-time.
It seemed to pay dividends as Derby went on a six-match unbeaten run and in another six game stint between January and February, the Rams won five matches out of six.
Of course the form since March hasn’t been great, but that could be put down to a number of factors which isn’t just Rooney’s fault – he does lack experience but he’s learning on the job and he does need a summer to try and improve the team.