John Gregory is set to return to Derby County to work alongside Wayne Rooney in a new management team, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

It comes after Phillip Cocu was sacked by the Rams yesterday with the club bottom of the Championship table after 11 games.

Derby announced yesterday that Rooney has stepped up to become the club’s new interim manager with former Fulham defender Liam Rosenior assisting him.

Rosenior was in charge for the Rams’ most recent league game, a 2-0 home defeat to Barnsley while Cocu was self-isolating.

A source at Pride Park has told Football Insider Derby are in advanced talks with John Gregory regarding a role which would see him help Rooney in his first managerial role.

Gregory managed the Midlands club between January 2002 and March 2003 and won 15 of his 53 games in charge.

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He has also managed Aston Villa, Wycombe Wanderers, QPR, Crawley Town and most recently Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League.

The Rams had set their sights on promotion this season as they looked to build on a 10th-placed finish last term.

Despite Cocu making a number of summer signings, including the likes of Kamil Jozwiak, Jordan Ibe, David Marshall and Nathan Byrne, Derby have found themselves struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Rooney, who has been part of the coaching and playing staff at Pride Park since January, will step up into his first managerial role.

Sky Sports claim that the former England and Manchester United captain will only take the job on a permanent basis if a mutual decision is reached between himself and the club’s prospective new owners.

The Rams are in the process of being taken over by Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan.

In other Derby County news, Alex McLeish claims John Terry may be in line to quit Villa for ‘huge’ new job.