Derby to appoint Phillip Cocu ending "interest" in Rangers boss Gerrard
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Derby to appoint Phillip Cocu ending "interest" in Rangers boss Gerrard

Derby County are reportedly close to sealing Dutch coach Phillip Cocu as the club’s new manager, with Frank Lampard set to be unveiled as Chelsea boss.
The former Barcelona, PSV and 101 times capped Holland midfielder brings huge footballing pedigree to the Derby role.
It’s a move that should also put to bed any reports of Derby County being interested in moving for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard’s first season at Rangers has reportedly attracted several suitors. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Gerrard was linked to the Derby hot seat almost immediately after talk of Frank Lampard joining Chelsea emerged from Stamford Bridge.
The legendary Chelsea midfielder had a stellar year at Pride Park and the opportunity to return to London is something which appears to have proven too hard to turn down.
Steven Gerrard himself dismissed talk of joining Derby [Sky Sports News], saying he was “committed” to the “privilege” of managing Rangers.
The club was also very quick to pour cold water on the rumours [
Evening Times]. As was Derby County chairman Mel Morris [talkSPORT].
Phillip Cocu, 48, took his first steps into management at former club PSV. The Dutchman excelled in the Eredivisie, winning three titles in five years at the club.

Cocu enjoyed a very successful time as PSV manager. (Photo by Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Cocu has also had roles as a PSV youth coach and as an assistant with the Netherlands.
But even with Derby set to drop their “interest” in Steven Gerrard, do we still need to worry about Premier League Newcastle [Northern Echo]?

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