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Phillip Cocu: Derby sack manager with club bottom of Championship

Derby have sacked manager Phillip Cocu with the club bottom of the Championship.

Cocu took over from Frank Lampard in the summer of 2019 and guided the club to a 10th place finish in his first season.

But Derby have managed just one win in 11 matches so far in the 2020-21 campaign.

The club, on the brink of a takeover by Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, thanked Cocu for his service under what they said were “extremely challenging situations”.

Derby’s impending takeover has been agreed in principle following discussions with current owner Mel Morris, and been given approval by the English Football League.

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