Derby County forward Wayne Rooney will assume greater responsibility after being asked to help the club prepare for their next league clash following the sacking of head coach Phillip Cocu.
Dutchman Cocu took over as Rams boss during the summer of 2019, when Frank Lampard had left for Chelsea.
However, Derby have managed just six points this season, and sit bottom of the table.
Assistant manager Chris Van Der Weerden and specialist first-team coach Twan Scheepers have also left their roles.
Following confirmation of Cocu’s departure by mutual consent, former England captain Rooney revealed he had been asked to help the squad prepare for the trip to Bristol City on November 21.
Former Everton and Manchester United forward Rooney joined the Rams during the January transfer window as the 35-year-old looked to take his first steps into coaching while also continuing his playing career.
“I am sorry that Phillip and his staff have left the club and want to thank him personally for all his help and encouragement as part of his coaching staff,” Rooney said in a statement released to the PA news agency.
“The most important thing now is to stabilise the club and start moving up the table. I have been asked to be part of the coaching staff to help the team’s preparations for next Saturday’s vital match against Bristol City.
“The coaches and I will speak with the players on Monday.”
Derby issue statement on Cocu sacking
Derby thanked Cocu for his contribution to the club, on and off the pitch.
“Phillip and his staff helped develop and establish a considerable number of academy players in to the first-team squad and Phillip made significant financial contributions and personal efforts towards the club’s community projects during the Covid-19 pandemic, which the club are extremely grateful for,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
“Derby County wishes to thank Phillip, Chris and Twan for their hard work and dedication over the last 16 months and wish them every success in their future careers.
“The club will provide further updates when appropriate and will be making no further comment in the meantime.”
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