Derby County are currently without a permanent manager following the departure of Philip Cocu, with the Dutchman paying the price for the Rams’ poor start to the season and the Midlands club are sitting bottom of the Premier League as we head into the festive schedule.
Derby are on the verge of a big takeover, with an Abu Dhabi consortium looking to buy current owner Mel Morris out and the appointment of a new manager will depend strongly on which way the new owners want to go.
Will Wayne Rooney Be Appointed Manager?
Wayne Rooney has little to no managerial experience and still remains a player for Derby County after his 32 Red-funded move to the Rams, although the Manchester United and England legend will clearly be interested in the vacant role and this was how Frank Lampard started his managerial career before getting the move to Chelsea.
Rooney is now trading as betting favourite to become the next Derby County manager and he will form part of an interim coaching team who will take charge of the first team over the next few weeks. An upturn in results will surely see the Derby number 32 be in contention to take charge.
Some media news outlets are reporting that Rooney’s appointment depends strongly on whether funds will be made available to the former Everton striker and new owners will surely want to make some kind of investment.
Rafael Benitez Also Among Betting Favourites
Benitez is currently residing in China and his contract in charge of Dalian Professional runs through until the end of 2021, although the Spaniard has been trading at short betting odds in the past couple of weeks and perhaps the former Liverpool manager is open to a return to England.
Benitez has a strong track record and he’s previously taken charge of Newcastle United in the Championship where the Magpies were steered into the Premier League at the first time of asking and it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see him back in England before too long.
Gregory, Terry and Cooper Next in Derby Manager Betting
John Gregory hasn’t been seen in football management for several years, although the former Aston Villa manager has been trading at single figure odds and perhaps the betting suggests that he’s open to the idea of taking charge of the Rams.
John Terry is currently part of the Aston Villa backroom staff although the former England captain has also been suggested to join the ranks at Derby and he will have seen how Lampard made the transition from Pride Park to Stamford Bridge within the space of a year.
Steve Cooper is a lower profile candidate although the current manager of Swansea City has to be respected for his achievements and the Welshman could be open to the idea of making the switch should funds be available.