Phillip Cocu hoping to use web of contacts to attract loan stars to Derby

19 July 2019 09:30
• ‘Derby has good relations with a lot of teams,’ says new manager• Loanees helped club reach Championship play-off final in 2019Phillip Cocu has said he will not hesitate to call on his wealth of contacts as Derby County look to utilise the loan market that propelled them to last season’s Championship play-off final. The Dutchman, who was unveiled as Frank Lampard’s successor as manager on Friday, acknowledged that relationships with elite clubs could prove pivotal if Derby are to achieve his target of a top-six finish in his first season in England.Cocu, who has a four-year contract, declined to discuss individual targets but said it would be “difficult” for the club to re-sign Fikayo Tomori or Harry Wilson, though Derby are understood to have made their admiration for the latter clear to Liverpool should the Welshman be made available for loan. Mason Mount, who also spent last season at Derby, is set to be involved under Lampard at Chelsea. Related: ‘They needed the money’: Pontus Jansson explains Leeds exit Related: Goodbye to the Miracle Man: how Martin O’Neill’s Forest reign crumbled | Daniel Taylor Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian