According to the Mirror, former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is the leading candidate to take the vacant Derby County job following Phillip Cocu’s exit.

The Rams are on the lookout for a new manager after Cocu’s exit this past week.

Derby are currently bottom of the Championship table, with one win from 11 games.

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But with an expected new takeover involving Sheikh Khaled on the horizon, the east Midlands club represent an interesting prospect with huge potential going forwards.

Wayne Rooney and Liam Rosenior will take charge for Saturday’s game at Bristol City.

The Mirror, however, claim Derby have set their sights on a more established manager for the role and former Cherries boss Eddie Howe is now the leading candidate.

Howe left Bournemouth in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League.

The 42-year-old took Bournemouth from League Two to the top-flight, and then kept them there for five years before their final-day relegation last term.

Howe likes his teams to play expansive attacking football. Charlie Daniels told the Bournemouth Echo how there were definite similarities with Pep Guardiola.

Ryan Fraser, meanwhile, told the Standard how Howe thinks and works like Guardiola, claiming his former manager at Bournemouth will go to the very top.

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Howe has an excellent reputation with a promotion to the top-flight on his CV. He seems to tick many boxes for Derby, but much may depend on the takeover.

Sheikh Khaled may have his own manager in mind, while having Rooney on the books could also make for a quick transition into management for the all-time England top scorer.

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