August review: Strong start but shambolic finish asks awkward questions

When Derby’s fixtures were released, there was a collective groan from fans and predictions we’d be relegation fodder by September. Phillip Cocu had been dealt a brutal start, we agreed we’d have to stick together and muddle through the best we could. However by the end of the month, two chaotic 3-0 pastings mean his…… Continue reading August review: Strong start but shambolic finish asks awkward questions

Derby County 2019/20 preview: Phillip Cocu’s five biggest challenges

Another season, another managerial change for Derby County – but the latest Pride Park appointment made history and is seen as a potential Mel Morris masterstroke. Phillip Cocu, Derby’s first ever non-British manager, arrives in England with a stellar playing career and enviable managerial record behind him. The Championship is an unforgiving slog, however -…… Continue reading Derby County 2019/20 preview: Phillip Cocu’s five biggest challenges

SBW 57: Welkom Phillip

The Rams are back! Chris, Richard, Tom and Anton embrace the upcoming 2019/20 Derby County season and with it, Derby’s first ever non-British manager Phillip Cocu. Is Phillip Cocu an upgrade on Frank Lampard? There’s analysis from Dutch football expert Stefan Coerts, a look at the new signings and the Rams’ promotion rivals.