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Journalist issues verdict on potential new candidate in Derby manager hunt

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A few names will be considered for the permanent Derby County job and David Wagner could be among them, according to journalist Alan Nixon

Phillip Cocu left Derby during the international break and Wayne Rooney has since stepped up to lead the interim coaching team in charge of the senior squad while the search for a permanent replacement is ongoing.

When pressed on whether Wagner was a serious candidate for the job, Nixon indicated that “a few names will be considered” – hinting that Wagner could be among them.

The German coach helped Huddersfield Town secure promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2017/18 but has been out of a job since he was sacked by Schalke in September.

John Terry, Eddie Howe, and Sam Allardyce are among the other names to be linked with the Derby job, while Rooney and first-team coach Liam Rosenior have also indicated they’re interested.

With Sheikh Khaled’s £60 million takeover expected to be completed soon, the provisional new owner will likely have a say in any decision over a new permanent boss.

The Sunday Mirror (Page 72, 29/09) has reported that the appointment of new technical director Steve McLaren has been agreed by both the incoming owners and Mel Morris, with the former England boss already heavily involved in decision making.

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The Verdict

Nixon has hinted that Wagner could be in consideration for the Derby job, which may be a little concerning for Rams fans.

There’s no doubt that the German is a good manager and he deserves respect for what he did with the Terriers but his recent spell at Schalke was very poor and with that in mind, you have to question whether he’s the right person to bring to Pride Park at such a crucial time.

Derby are bottom of the Championship and look as though they could be set for a relegation battle this term.

With that in mind, is Wagner the right man for the job? I’m not convinced.


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

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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