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…
Derby County continued their dire start to the 2020/21 Championship campaign with another defeat on Wednesday night.
The Rams were downed 1-0 by Mark Warburton’s QPR at Pride Park, a result that ensures Derby remain in the relegation zone whilst subsequently ramping up the pressure on boss Phillip Cocu ten-fold.
Derby have won just one game in the Championship all season and are languishing in the relegation zone despite having aspirations to achieve promotion this season.
So, has the time come for Mel Morris to bite the bullet and sack Cocu?
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I think so.
Form has been awful this season and I just think it could be time already for a change.
It looked as though things were picking up in the second half of the season last year but they’ve lost what progress they had made and I’m just not sure he’s got a complete grip of things this season.
He’s made some questionable selection calls, the fans are up in arms and they have lost a lot of ground in the top six race.
Morris might be waiting for the takeover to happen so a new manager could happen then but, really, the Rams can’t afford to stumble on under Cocu for much longer.
Something has to give.
I think it has to be soon, if not now – he’s on the edge.
Results have not been good enough all season, and while there is still plenty of time for them to get out of trouble, if something does not improve soon, then they will soon be out of contention for any sort of genuine success this season.
With no sign of that improvement under Cocu, and an EFL charge that could make things even worse for the club hanging over their heads, it feels like Morris may need to act fast, to avoid things becoming very difficult for the Rams over the next few months.
Indeed, it is worth noting that speculation around Cocu’s future recently has failed to spark any improvement from his squad, which does not entirely bode well for his standing within the dressing room, and with the Dutchman doing his reputation no favours the longer things go on like this, a parting of the ways may be best for all concerned.
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The international break would seem the ideal time to sack the Dutchman, as long as the Rams have a good replacement lined up.
I hate to see manager’s sacked but things are looking very, very bleak at Pride Park and little I’ve seen from Derby this season has convinced me he’s the right man for the job.
You get the feeling Morris’ decision may be impacted by the rumoured potential takeover as the new owners may want to bring in their own boss.
Unless we see a marked improvement against Barnsley on Saturday, I think it could well be time for Morris to pull the trigger.