Wayne Rooney is our favourite to become the next permanent Derby manager following Phillip Cocu’s sacking over the weekend. The Manchester United and England great is already a player/coach at Pride Park and looks to be the natural successor to the ousted Cocu.
It would mean that he follows in the footsteps of his England ‘Golden Generation’ team-mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in moving into management. Gerrard is in charge at Rangers and Lampard himself started his coaching career at Derby before moving to Chelsea.
It’s another Chelsea legend and England great that’s next in the betting with John Terry our second favourite to get the gig. He’s working as Dean Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa and seems to be doing a pretty good job for the Midlands club.
Next come a number of more established managers who have a raft of experience under their wings and they’re led by ex-Liverpool and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. He’s currently in China managing Dalian Professional but has made no secret in the past about his preference to manage in England and be close to his family permanently.
Swansea boss Steve Cooper is perhaps a surprise fourth on our list with his side 6th in The Championship and the Rams down in 24th. Former Bournemouth gaffer Eddie Howe is next ahead of ex-Lincoln and Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley.
There’s a host of seasoned Championship campaigners in contention with the likes of Paul Cook, Garry Monk, Lee Johnson and Steve McClaren being priced up. Some more interesting options include Sam Allardyce, Sol Campbell and, of course, Alan Curbishley of Pundits fame, but they’re all long shots in reality.
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