Derby County winger Florian Jozefzoon previously explained to reporters how Phillip Cocu didn’t help his career while at PSV Eindhoven as the manager simply didn’t play him.
According to Sky Sports, Cocu has agreed to become Derby’s new manager. Frank Lampard is set to join Chelsea, and Rams owner Mel Morris has been swift in sorting out his replacement.
Cocu will arrive at Derby boasting a formidable reputation. As a player he represented Barcelona and the Dutch national team. And as a manager, he won three Dutch league titles in four seasons. FourFourTwo magazine ranked him in the world’s top 20 managers in 2018.
Jozefzoon, incidentally, was one of Cocu’s signings while at PSV. However, upon signing for Brentford, the current Rams winger didn’t speak too fondly of Cocu when asked how he helped his career.
To be honest, he didn’t help my career because I didn’t play. I have nothing to say about him.
— DCFC_Joe (@DCFCJoe1) July 3, 2019
Why did Florian Jozefzoon struggle under Phillip Cocu at PSV?
Jozefzoon was one of Cocu’s first signings at PSV, joining the Dutch giants in 2013. However, the 28-year-old made just 40 league appearances over three seasons prior to joining Brentford.
An interior cruciate ligament injury didn’t help his cause at PSV. Moreover, he was vying with former Manchester United ace Memphis Depay for a regular starting spot. Luciano Narsingh (now at Swansea City) and Jurgen Locadia (now at Brighton) were also options.
Many will feel Cocu’s impending arrival at Pride Park will help Jozefzoon. In truth, his Derby career has barely gotten off the ground since his switch from Brentford last summer.
The former Netherlands U21 international made just 13 Championship starts last season under Frank Lampard. He was often fourth choice behind Harry Wilson, Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett.
Regardless of his previous history with Cocu, Jozefzoon must improve if he is to make his mark with the Rams.