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Derby County part company with head coach Cocu

Phillip Cocu has left his role as Derby County head coach by mutual consent.

The Dutchman, along with assistant manager Chris van der Weerden and first team coach Twan Scheepers, leave after 16 months in charge following a disappointing start to the season which sees the Rams at the foot of the SkyBet Championship table after 11 games.

Cocu oversaw 65 Rams matches, leading them to a tenth place finish last season.

In a statement, Derby County said: "The club would like to place on record its appreciation for the way Phillip and his staff conducted themselves in what were some extremely challenging situations during his tenure.

"Phillip and his staff helped develop and establish a considerable number of Academy players in to the first team squad and Phillip made significant financial contributions and personal efforts towards the club’s community projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, which the club are extremely grateful for.

"Derby County wishes to thank Phillip, Chris and Twan for their hard work and dedication over the last 16 months and wish them every success in their future careers.

"The club will provide further updates when appropriate and will be making no further comment in the meantime."