|Job||Derby County Chairman|
|Club as Coach||Derby County [Chairman]|
2019 07 05 Retrieve
[Derby appoint Cocu as successor to Lampard on a four-year contract] We are delighted to welcome Phillip Cocu as our new manager. We are continuing to develop our philosophy at Derby County and from the first conversation with Phillip, and his team, it was very clear they share similar views.
The fit is strong. We want to build on the momentum that we have in our style of play, our club values, and the increasingly important role of our Academy. Phillip and his team understand the need and benefits of this approach.
We had very specific criteria for identifying a new manager. Phillip has an excellent track record of achievement in his managerial career with a proven ability to develop players to drive both tangible success and value. We are looking forward to Phillip leading us into the new season
2019 08 06 Retrieve
[Mel Morris says Derby County are confident of completing a deal to sign ex-England captain Wayne Rooney on Tuesday] It’s only literally been a couple of days. I suppose the starting point was we understood Wayne was keen to return to the UK and of course we had a look at the situation and decided to see if we could actually do something on the back of that. The key thing for me is the conversation he had with Phillip Cocu, which was absolutely critical to the interest that Wayne has. It’s never done until it’s done but we’re obviously focused and very keen to get it over the line this morning [Tuesday]. I’m sure once people hear news of this - obviously it broke last night which I suppose is unfortunate - you’re going to get interest. I’m confident it will get sorted out but ultimately, it’s never done until it’s done. We’ll see how we go
[England’s most-capped outfield player boasts 23 goals in MLS, including 11 from 22 starts this term] From my side of it, why wouldn’t you want a player of his background? His playing career has been phenomenal, he’s demonstrated his leadership qualities over there in America. I can guarantee you Phillip Cocu is excited about this well
2019 08 06b Retrieve
[Rams Executive chairman Mel Morris added on acquiring the services of an iconic figure Wayne Rooney] We are absolutely delighted to announce that Wayne Rooney will be joining Derby County. This is clearly an exciting signing for us, and Wayne’s presence will further enhance the club’s standing and its ability to perform both on and off the pitch. To have Wayne Rooney as a player, and equally as an aspiring coach, is incredible and I can only imagine the buzz this will generate amongst our supporters at home and internationally. First and foremost, Wayne is joining us as a player but he will also have coaching responsibilities too, particularly around the development of our younger players progressing towards the first-team from our Academy, as he looks to gain his relevant qualifications for a future coaching and management career. I would like to express a sincere thanks to DC United for their professionalism throughout this process. We wish them every success for the remainder of their season