According to De Volkskrant, Feyenoord could try to appoint Derby County manager Phillip Cocu next summer following his staff’s close ties to Frank Arnesen.
Feyenoord recently appointed Arnesen as the club’s new technical director.
Arnesen had a brief spell as technical director at Anderlecht. He reportedly wanted Cocu to join the Belgian side last summer, but they instead opted for Vincent Kompany.
Following Arnesen’s arrival at Feyenoord, his first task was to appoint a successor to Jaap Stam. The former Reading manager resigned from his post last month.
Why Feyenoord may turn to Phillip Cocu next summer:
Dick Advocaat got the job. However, the 72-year-old only joined on a short-term contract until the end of the current season. He is expected to retire next summer.
The Dutch publication De Volkskrant claim Feyenoord then may turn to Phillip Cocu. His assistant, Chris van der Weerden, is Arnesen’s son-in-law – strengthening the links.
Cocu has an excellent record in the Eredivisie. He won three titles during his five seasons at PSV, all while making over £100 million profit on player sales.
It was that impressive quality which prompted Mel Morris to bring him to Pride Park.
Derby appointed Cocu on a four-year contract. While the length of the deal may have raised questions at the time, recent history suggests it was a sound investment.
Afterall, Derby saw their last two managers snatched away from them. Gary Rowett traded Derby for Stoke City, while his success Frank Lampard moved to Chelsea last summer.
Cocu has made a solid start to life as Derby boss. The Rams may only be lower midtable in the Championship, but things are looking up and the potential is certainly there.
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