Next Permanent Derby County Manager Odds
|Philip Cocu||1/6||Paddy Power||Darren Moore||3/1||Betfair|
|Michael Carrick||10/1||Paddy Power|
|Garry Monk||33/1||Paddy Power|
|Darran Wassall||33/1||Paddy Power|
Rams supporters are no strangers when it comes to a high turnover of managers at Pride Park, with the Midlands club set to be hunting down a seven head coach in the space of four years, an incredible statistic even accounting for modern football and the disposability of managers.
Derby owner Mel Morris is determined to succeed in his quest to deliver Premier League football to the club and recently admitted that there have been twelve applications for the soon-to-be vacant role already, with plenty more candidates likely to throw their hat into the ring when Lampard’s move to Chelsea becomes rubber-stamped.
Cocu The Clear Favourite
There have already been a variety of bookmaker favourites to become the next Derby County FC manager, although we can now see that Philip Cocu is trading as a strong as 1/6 with Paddy Power to become the next Derby County manager and it appears that the Dutchman could be announced soon according to the these odds.
Older football fans will remember Cocu from his playing days considering he was an international player for the Netherlands, with the 48-year-old having made 101 appearances for Holland between 1996-2006.
The former Barcelona player was also the assistant manager of the Oranje for four years before delving into club football. Cocu took caretaker charge of PSV before managing them for five largely successful seasons. More recently, he’s had a short spell at Fenerbahce.
Cocu would be a similar style of appointment to Lampard in that the former was a highly-regarded football player who won the Dutch title four times with PSV and a further three times as a manager of the Eindhoven club. As a player, he also won a Spanish title with Barcelona and has a football philosophy that has the potential to excite fans.
Could Darren Moore Be Plan B?
There’s no smoke without fire. While Cocu is currently trading as odds-on favourite to manage Derby, he’s clearly not yet past the post and Darren Moore is available at the sort of price (3/1 with Betfair) that indicates he’s not completely out of the running to replace Lampard.
Moore is a viable alternative to the Dutchman and has a strong knowledge of County as a football club, having represented them 83 times as a player between 2006-2008. During that time, Moore was popular among the supporters and would surely get plenty of goodwill if Morris decided to go down this route.
However, supporters would also be wary of the 45-year-old taking charge considering his managerial experience amounts to little more than being in charge of West Brom at the back end of their ill-fated Premier League campaign before failing to achieve the right kind of results in the Championship last term.
It seems clear that Moore is very keen on landing the role and has probably been interviewed by Mel Morris, although it also appears likely that he’s not first choice and him being appointed might depend on whether Cocu manages to agree personal terms.
In addition to commanding a huge amount of respect in the dressing room, Cocu would also have some excellent links when it comes to bringing in talented young loan players in the same way that Lampard was able to leverage his contact book at Chelsea to recruit Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
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Michael Carrick Also on the Derby Shortlist
If Morris is going to go for a young ambitious manager to replace Lampard, then it brings several potential candidates into the mix and Michael Carrick is among them, if it doesn't work out with Cocu. The former Manchester United and Spurs player is currently part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team at Old Trafford, although might be open to becoming a number one at the Midlands club (10/1 with Paddy Power).
Carrick is widely respected at Old Trafford and has become a sounding board for Solskjaer on the training ground and on the bench during matches. Having been an intelligent football player who made 34 international appearances for England, it’s no surprise that he’s being considered for a management role having earned his coaching badges.
Danny Cowley on the Drift for Derby
Perhaps Danny Cowley will forever be linked with high-profile vacant managerial positions and continue to turn them down, instead remaining with Lincoln City and continuing to steer them higher and higher up the football pyramid.
The Derby job is simply the latest position where bookmakers have seen fit to include Cowley amongst the favourites on their betting market and it now appears as though the 40-year-old is out of the running to arrive at Pride Park this summer, with his odds having drifted massively out to 20/1 with Betfair in the past few days.
Cowley did initially leave Braintree to join Lincoln which illustrated a degree of ambition, although he has just taken the Red Imps into League One after they were previously a National League side under his watch. We don’t know whether he was sounded out about managing Derby but perhaps this type of appointment would still be regarded as a risk for a Championship club owner.
After all, Scunthorpe United boss Paul Hurst fits a similar type of profile and was recruited by Ipswich Town last season in the Championship after some sterling work with Shrewsbury Town. However, Hurst found Mick McCarthy a difficult act to follow and lasted only a few months.
Wassall Already Part of Furniture at Derby
Darren Wassall has been working for Derby County since 2009, leaving the Burton Albion academy to take charge at Pride Park under Nigel Clough. The 51-year-old is highly regarded at the Midlands club and recently passed his Pro Licence, the biggest possible qualification for a football coach to attain.
Wassall is also good friends with Mel Morris and has previously taken caretaker charge of the Rams at difficult moments, although it seems unlikely that the Academy director will be given the chance to manage the first team anytime soon.
The main argument for Wassall taking the job is that he has the obvious link with the academy and would know which young players could be stepped up in rank to play for the senior team. With Financial Fair Play a big factor for many Championship clubs including Derby, Morris knows they have to approach the situation differently these days, and he's a slightly interesting option at 33/1 with Paddy Power.
Monk and Hughton Now Trading at Big Odds
With Cocu commanding the lion’s share of the current Next Derby County Manager market, every other manager’s price has gone bigger with the exception of Darren Moore.
This includes Garry Monk and Chris Hughton, with Monk now a free agent after parting company with a fourth club since he entered football management at a young age. On this occasion, Monk was unlucky to be axed by Birmingham but his inability to stick it out anywhere is a concern.
Hughton actually has stronger managerial credentials and any Championship club could do worse than look at someone who engineered a promotion to the Premier League for Brighton after previously doing the same with Newcastle.
Perhaps Hughton is taking a well-deserved break after a difficult campaign with the Seagulls last season which saw the relegation battle go down to the wire, although many Derby fans have spoken out in favour of appointing an experienced manager who knows the division like the back of his hand.