According to the Daily Mail, the impending takeover of Derby County is the reason why Mel Morris has yet to pull the plug on struggling manager Phillip Cocu.
The Rams have endured an abysmal start to the Championship season.
The latest 1-0 defeat at home to Queens Park Rangers leaves Derby second from bottom, having picked up just one win and six points from their opening ten games.
Cocu has had to deal with several injuries to key players, off the field incidents and setbacks during his reign at Pride Park. However, the results just aren’t good enough.
Change could be on its way, but it seems Cocu will not be sacked by Mel Morris.
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According to the Daily Mail, Morris is unwilling to fire the Dutchman and his coaching staff as he fears that could affect the potential takeover and the club’s valuation.
But after the EFL approving of the proposed £60 million sale to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, it would seem Cocu is on borrowed time.
The Daily Mail go on to add the Derby players don’t expect the former Barcelona midfielder to still be in charge come the upcoming international break.
Before then, Derby host Barnsley in what has become a must-win encounter.
The Tykes will surely be in the fight for relegation come the end of the season while Derby are yet to record their first home win of the Championship campaign.
Many supporters feel for Cocu. He has been classy, calm and hugely respectful. Youngsters from the academy are getting opportunities, and the wage bill has decreased.
But, it’s ultimately a results business and Derby are undoubtedly underperforming.