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David Wagner and Derby County: What do we know so far? Is it likely to happen?

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It’s been more than a fortnight since Phillip Cocu left his role as Derby County boss but you feel we may be nearing a decision over who his permanent replacement will be.

Wayne Rooney has been put in charge of the interim coaching team while the hunt for a new manager goes on and is understood to be keen to get the role permanently.

Sheikh Khaled’s £60 million takeover of Derby is expected to be completed soon and the appointment of a new manager will likely follow, with Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry named as a frontrunner.

It seems that former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is also in the running.

What do we know so far?

The Sun (paper edition, 29/11) reported that Wagner is one of the candidates that the East Midlands club are considering to be their permanent manager.

Additionally, the report suggested that new technical director Steve McLaren will play a big role in the decision, with candidates to be met quickly.

The German coach has been jobless since he was sacked by Schalke in September.

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Is it likely to happen?

Reports today have indicated that things seem to be falling into place for Terry to take charge, as he has been named as a frontrunner and is believed to be keen on the opportunity.

With no mention of Wagner since the Sun’s report on Sunday, that would indicate that he may not be about to make his return to English football.

That’s not to say he doesn’t have the requisite experience to stake a decent claim to take charge at Pride Park.

Wagner deserves a huge amount of credit for leading Huddersfield to the Premier League and that is surely what the new Derby owners will want to see the club achieve over the next few years.

Even so, what we’ve heard today suggests that they may be keen to go for a more high-profile target, which makes sense with the new owners likely wanting to make a statement.

The recent arrival of McLaren also indicates that the Rams may be preparing for the appointment of an inexperienced boss, which would rule Wagner out.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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