This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Phillip Cocu is ‘poised’ to leave Derby County once the new takeover has been finalised at Pride Park, according to the Daily Mirror.
It’s been a very disappointing start to the season for Cocu and his Derby County side who currently sit rock bottom of the Championship table, having amassed a mere six points from 11 games so far.
It appears that the writing is now on the wall for the Dutchman, who in truth, has had to deal with a lot during his stint as manager of the Rams.
So, who should replace Cocu if he does in fact depart?
We at FLW discuss….
Go ambitious and get Slavisa Jokanovic back in this country.
He’s won promotion before, he’ll get Derby playing good football and he knows how to get the best out of talented youngsters – with the Rams possessing plenty of footballers breaking through.
He might not be the cheap option but there’s the small matter of a takeover on the way and that will make the finance issue a non-starter.
He’s a top manager with a proven track record at this level that will also relish having the budget that the Rams should be able to give him, I’d go for him if they can.
A change is needed at Pride Park, so you’d hope the takeover and the arrival of a new manager can take place as quickly as possible.
For me, they should be looking to bring in a safe pair of hands and someone that has had success at this level before but that doesn’t mean they can’t be ambitious.
With that in mind, Eddie Howe could be a fantastic option and the financial clout of the new owners could surely persuade him to make the switch.
The job he did at Bournemouth was phenomenal, helping them rise all the way up to the Premier League, and with the right backing at Derby, he could be a real success.
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It depends what kind of money is kicking around, but Eddie Howe would probably be my choice.
He did such a good job with Bournemouth, guiding them into the Premier League and then overachieving in the top-flight.
Howe would be perfect for nurturing Derby’s young players, whilst also getting a tune out of the senior players.
Right now, I can’t see Morris pulling the trigger and getting him in, but new owners bring fresh investment and Howe’s availability might be too good to turn down.
He could make Derby a force.