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.
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.
Very interesting development for Derby. Two resignations at the company which is the vehicle for the proposed takeover. Not sure what that actually means yet but it could mean the deal has been agreed upon by both Morris and Sheikh Khaled. https://t.co/QEP8O04eYA
— Ryan Conway (@RJConway92) November 4, 2020
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.