Derby County boss

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu is set for showdown talks with the club’s board today, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 50-year-old is under pressure after a dismal start to the 2020/21 campaign that has left the Rams second bottom with just six points from 10 games.

A source at Pride Park has told Football Insider that club chiefs have called a meeting with Cocu today to discuss Derby’s poor form and the Dutchman’s future.

Cocu was appointed Derby County manager in July 2019, signing a four-year contract at the Championship club.

The Rams have set their sights on promotion this season after a 10th-placed finish last term and a number of summer signings which saw the likes of Kamil Jozwiak, Jordan Ibe, David Marshall and Nathan Byrne arrive at Pride Park.

However, a 1-0 loss at home to QPR last night has left the Midlands club 11 points adrift of the play-offs already.

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It has been a turbulent week both on and off the field at Pride Park after The Athletic revealed Sheikh Khaled, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, hopes to complete a takeover of the club.

After yesterday’s defeat against QPR, Cocu suggested it was possible talk of a potential takeover was impacting the team’s form.

His 64 matches in charge of the Rams have yielded 22 wins, 17 draws and 25 losses at a points-per-game average of 1.30.

Next up for Derby County is a home game against fellow Championship strugglers Barnsley in what can only be seen as a must-win fixture for Phillip Cocu.

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