Phillip Cocu to miss Derby game after CEO tests positive for Covid-19

Phillip Cocu will miss Derby’s game with Barnsley after club’s chief executive Stephen Pearce tests positive for Covid-19 following meetings with the under pressure manager

  • Phillip Cocu will miss Derby’s game with Barnsley after entering self-isolation 
  • Cocu met with chief executive Stephen Pearce who tested positive for Covid-19 
  • Derby revealed the under pressure manager had met with the CEO on Thursday 
  • The Rams are currently second bottom in the Championship with just one win 

Derby manager Phillip Cocu is self isolating after meeting with the club’s chief executive Stephen Pearce, who has since tested positive Covid-19.

The Rams’ boss is under pressure with the club currently second from bottom in the Championship after just one win from their first 10 games and the club revealed he had met with Pearce and owner Mel Morris on Thursday night.

In a statement on their club website, Derby said: ‘Derby County can confirm that its Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Pearce, has this evening tested positive for COVID-19 during a routine test.

Derby manager Phillip Cocu is self isolating after meeting with the club’s chief executive Stephen Pearce, who has since tested positive for Covid-19

‘Pearce is currently asymptomatic and, in line with UK Government and club protocol, will now self-isolate.

‘As a result of individual meetings with Executive Chairman Mel Morris CBE and Manager Phillip Cocu over the course of today, they must also take part in a period of self-isolation, for 14-days, under UK Government and club protocol.

‘Derby’s first-team coaching staff will oversee Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Barnsley in Cocu’s mandatory absence.’

Cocu’s days at Derby look numbered following the club’s dismal start to the season, with a 1-0 defeat at home to QPR on Wednesday the latest setback. 

The Rams are second from bottom in the Championship after a dismal start to the season

Cocu is under pressure and was called in to meet with Pearce and chairman Mel Morris

As revealed by Sportsmail, the Football League have given the green light for the club’s proposed £60million takeover by Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan – despite the prospective buyer’s links to Abu Dhabi’s ruling family and the owner of Manchester City.

The issue was discussed in detail at an EFL board meeting on Thursday with no objections raised to the sale, subject to Zayed Al Nehayan agreeing some finer points of the deal with Derby owner Morris.

Zayed Al Nehayan is a senior member of the Abu Dhabi royal family and cousin of City owner Sheik Mansour but, despite the potential for conflict of interest, the EFL will not block the sale.

Wayne Rooney’s contract runs out at the end of the season and he has been open about his desires to move into management

It’s thought the takeover will seal the fate of Cocu, who signed a four-year deal after replacing Frank Lampard as manager in 2019.

Cocu guided the club to 10th in his first campaign, helped by the arrival of player-coach Wayne Rooney in January.

Rooney’s contract will run out at the end of the season and the former England captain has made no secret of his ambitions to move into management.




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