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Update: 31.12.20

Derby County returned to winning ways on Tuesday evening when they thrashed Birmingham City to the tune of 4-0 at St Andrews, this an excellent response to their disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Preston North End in their previous outing. The Rams have now finally hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with three points separating them from the bottom three and they enjoy a game in hand over most of the sides below them in the Championship table.

The Rams have now lost just one of their eight games under the guidance of caretaker boss Wayne Rooney and it is now only a matter of time before the former England international is confirmed as Derby County’s permanent boss. It is clear that Rooney has turned things around at Pride Park and the bookies have lengthened the odds on them being relegated to League One at the end of the campaign.

Bin Zayed International are set to take over Derby County and any announcement regarding a new managerial appointment will likely be made following the completion of the takeover. Rooney is firmly expected to land the position recently made vacant following the dismissal of previous incumbent Phillip Coco.

 

Update: 28.12.20

Derby County fell to their first defeat under interim manager Wayne Rooney, the Rams losing 1-0 at home to Preston North End on Boxing Day. A draw would have been enough to lift the East Midlands side out of the Championship relegation zone, however they remain in the bottom three with goal-difference separating them from 21st-placed Rotherham United.

Prior to the weekend defeat to Preston North End, the Rams had gone six games without defeat with two wins managed during that time. On the back of this unbeaten run they have hauled themselves off the foot of the Championship table and boosted the chances of Rooney being offered the managerial position on a permanent footing.

 

Update: 22.12.20

It is now looking certain that former England international Wayne Rooney will take charge at Championship side Derby County, at least according to the bookmakers. Only two firms are  now taking odds on Next Derby Manager with two slashing the odds of Rooney taking the reins in a permanent capacity from 1/7 to just 1/25. The Rams have been enjoying some much improved form since the former Manchester United favourite was placed in charge on a temporary basis, the East Midlands outfit going six games without defeat and beating promotion-chasing Swansea City 2-0 in their last outing.

The side has hauled itself from the bottom of the Championship table to 22nd position with goal-difference alone keeping them in the bottom three. Rooney has made it clear that he would relish being given the position made vacant following the recent dismissal of previous incumbent Phillip Coco and he is confident that he can deliver.

When asked whether his six-game unbeaten run has boosted his chances of being given the job, Rooney said:

“I’d like to think so. As I have said before, I am confident in my ability to do the job.

“Six games I think everyone is starting to see a way I want the team to play.

“I believe in my own ability to manage this club, I want to manage this club, and that decision obviously is down to the owners.”

Reports have suggested that Rooney will meet with the club board as well as new owners Bin Zayed International later this week and a decision regarding a possible appointment will likely be announced following the upcoming takeover.

 

 

Update: 21.12.20

Derby County appear to be in no hurry whatsoever to appoint a permanent successor to recently-departed Phillip Cocu. The Rams have eased themselves towards safety in the Championship thanks to an excellent run under caretaker boss Wayne Rooney, during which the side have gone six games without defeat. The East Midlands outfit have only won two of these games however and they remain very much in the danger zone, therefore now would surely be a suitable time for a managerial appointment.

As things stand, Rooney is doing a sterling job at Pride Park and the bookies remain confident that he will be appointed as a permanent successor to Cocu in the coming days or weeks. Most firms go 1/7 that Rooney is given the gig at Derby County and given recent encouraging results, this would certainly be a hugely popular appointment amongst fans.

Derby’s unbeaten run continued last week when they brushed aside promotion-hopefuls Swansea City to the tune of 2-0 and many pundits believe that this turnaround in fortune will continue. The likelihood of Rooney being handed the position of manager is growing greater after every positive result and victory over Preston North End on Boxing Day could be the catalyst for his appointment.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers

 

1/7 –  Wayne Rooney

10/3 –  John Terry

10/1 –  Paul Cook

12/1 –  Steve Cooper

14/1 –  Lee Johnson

16/1 –  David Wagner

20/1 –  Sam Allardyce

 

Update: 18.12.20

The bookmakers continue to slash the odds on Wayne Rooney being appointed as permanent manager of Championship side Derby County. The Rams remain in the bottom three in the division, however they appear to have turned a corner under Rooney with the former England international overseeing a six-game unbeaten run under his leadership. Most firms now go just 1/7 that Rooney is given the gig on a permanent footing and this would certainly be a popular appointment amongst fans given recent encouraging results. Derby are just 5/2 to be relegated down to League One at the end of the campaign but these odds are significantly longer than they were before Rooney took charge in a caretaker capacity.

Derby’s last outing ended in victory over a Swansea City outfit who are chasing promotion to the Premier League and this was a definite signal that the situation is somewhat more rosy than before at the West Midlands club.

John Terry was odds-on favourite to take the reins at Pride Park less than a fortnight ago, however the current Aston Villa assistant is now out at 10/3 to be offered the position. Paul Cook comes in next at 10/1 while Steve Cooper and Lee Johnson complete the top five in the betting at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.

 

Update: 17.12.20

Derby County took another step towards safety when they beat promotion-chasing Swansea City 2-0 at Pride Park last night and they now sit inside the bottom three in the Championship on goal difference alone. This victory over a side sitting in the top four of the division was a clear indicator of a turnaround in fortunes for the Rams and they have now gone unbeaten in six games under caretaker boss Wayne Rooney.

Following last night’s result, the bookmakers reacted by further slashing the odds on Rooney taking the reins on a permanent footing with most firms going just 3/10 that the former England international is offered the gig. This leaves him well ahead of John Terry in the race to find a successor for recently-departed Phillip Cocu and many pundits believe that Rooney is the man who can lift the East Midlands outfit away from the danger zone.

Rooney believes that Derby County can avoid relegation to League One at the end of the campaign and now that the side have gone six games without defeat under his leadership, the board are certain to be looking carefully at their options regarding the upcoming managerial appointment.

As for Terry, he is 13/5 to be offered the position while Steve Cooper is way out at 12/1, ahead of Lee Johnson at 14/1 and Sam Allardyce at 20/1, the latter being linked with the vacant position at Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers

 

3/10 –  Wayne Rooney

13/5 –  John Terry

12/1 –  Steve Cooper

14/1 –  Lee Johnson

16/1 –  David Wagner

20/1 –  Sam Allardyce

 

Update: 15.12.20

Derby County managed to hold Stoke City to a goal-less draw at the weekend and thus extend their unbeaten run to five games, the Rams now in the bottom three in the Championship on goal-difference alone. This has been an excellent turnaround for a side which had previously lost six and drawn three of their previous nine games, this dismal run resulting in the sacking of then-manager Phillip Cocu. As things stand, a suitable replacement has yet to be appointed, however current caretaker boss Wayne Rooney remains odds-on favourite to be offered the position on a permanent footing.

Rooney has been in charge of the Rams during this improved run and as such, the bookies have shortened the odds on him being appointed as Cocu’s successor. Many firms now go 4/6 that the former England international takes charge at Pride Park on a permanent footing while previous favourite John Terry is now an 11/8 shot for the gig.

This now appears to be a two-horse race between Rooney and Terry, third-favourite Steve Cooper now way out at 12/1, while Sam Allardyce is 20/1 to take the reins in the coming weeks. Paul Clement, Pep Clotet, Paul Warne and Phil Neville are all 25/1.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers

 

4/6  –  Wayne Rooney

11/8 –  John Terry

12/1 –  Steve Cooper

20/1 –  Sam Allardyce

25/1 –  Paul Clement

25/1 –  Paul Warne

25/1 –  Phil Neville

25/1 –  Paul Cook

 

Update: 11.12.20

The search for a suitable replacement for Phillip Coco continues at Derby County, however while John Terry remains one of the favourites to take the hot-seat at Pride Park, the bookmakers have cut the odds on Wayne Rooney who is now odds-on to be handed the gig on a permanent footing. The former England international has been in charge of the Rams in a caretaker capacity since the sacking of Cocu earlier this season and he has received the backing of the players to be the club’s full-time boss.

Rooney has been in charge for four games and in that time he has steered them to an unbeaten run of four games, this leaving them just a single point adrift of safety in the Championship. Until the proposed takeover of the club by Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is completed, any permanent appointment will likely be put on hold although as things stand, Rooney is the firm favourite to land the role of manager.

Some bookies go odds-on at 4/5 that Rooney is appointed as Derby County manager on a permanent basis while John Terry’s price has drifted to a general 6/5. Indeed this would appear to be pretty much a two-horse race between this duo with joint third-favourites Steve Cooper, David Wagner and Sam Allardyce all out at 14/1 apiece.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers

 

4/5  –  Wayne Rooney

6/5  –  John Terry

14/1 –  Steve Cooper

14/1 –  David Wagner

14/1 –  Sam Allardyce

 

Update: 03.12.20

The search continues for a suitable replacement for recently sacked Phillip Cocu at Derby County and current Aston Villa assistant John Terry remains firm favourite to become the next permanent manager of the Rams. The East Midlands side sit marooned at the foot of the Championship and whoever takes the reins will be faced with a mammoth task in the months ahead.

One of the big movers over the past few days has been Steve Cooper, the current Swansea City gaffer having been linked with the vacant Derby position from the start. Cooper has played down speculation linking him with the Rams and there’s little doubt that any compensation package required to lure him from the Swans would be substantial, however the odds on him moving to Pride Park have been slowly shortening and he is now as low as 6/1 to be Derby County’s next permanent manager.

John Terry remains the frontrunner in the betting market at odds of 4/5 while the odds on Wayne Rooney being offered the gig on a permanent basis have drifted slightly from 11/8 to 13/8 over the past couple of days.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers

 

4/5  –  John Terry

13/8 –  Wayne Rooney

7/1  –  Steve Cooper

10/1 –  Paul Cook

14/1 –  David Wagne

20/1 –  Sam Allardyce

20/1 –  Danny Cowley

20/1 –  Liam Rosenior

 

 

Update: 01.12.20

While John Terry remains odds-on favourite to take the reins at Derby County, the odds on Wayne Rooney being handed the position have been slashed in recent days to as low as 11/8 with some firms. The 35-year-old is currently in charge of the team on an interim basis following the recent sacking of former boss Phillip Cocu and he steered his charges to a 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon. The Rams sit firmly at the foot of the Championship table and this draw came on the back of a four-game losing run during which they conceded seven goals and scored none.

Rooney moved to Derby County as a player-coach back in August, however while he has made it clear that he would retire from football were he offered the manager’s position at Derby, the club’s potential new owners are reportedly keen on bringing John Terry to the club.

Terry remains favourite to take the reins at Derby County despite the Aston Villa No2 having never served as a manager, however in the meantime Rooney will stay in the hot-seat until the board make up their mind. Given Derby’s precarious position at the foot of the Championship table, this is a decision that cannot be taken lightly and it’s unlikely that any news will be forthcoming in the next few days.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from William Hill Bookmakers

 

4/5  –  John Terry

11/8 –  Wayne Rooney

9/1  –  David Wagner

10/1 –  Steve Cooper

16/1 –  Sam Allardyce

16/1 –  Paul Cook

 

 

Update: 26.11.20

The battle to be appointed as next Derby County manager appears to have settled down into a four-horse race between current favourite John Terry, caretaker boss Wayne Rooney, Sam Allardyce and Eddie Howe. The odds on Terry taking the reins of the Rams have lengthened in recent days from 1/2 to a general 4/5, due in no small part to the recently-reopened racism case. The racism incident dates back to 2011 but it forms part of a new BBC documentary and Derby County won’t be wanting to be associated with this incident in any way.

Nevertheless the appointment of John Terry would be largely welcomed by fans desperate to see their side haul themselves away from the foot of the Championship table. The Rams have looked very much out of their depth since the start of the campaign with just a single win from their thirteen league games and nine defeats during that time.

Caretaker boss Wayne Rooney is 4/1 to be offered the gig on a permanent footing while the odds on Sam Allardyce taking the reins have slipped from a general 4/1 to as much as 10/1 with some firms. The only other contender in single figures is former AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe who is as low as 6/1 with some bookmakers, BetVictor going best odds of 12/1 that he takes charge at Derby County in the coming days or weeks.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

4/5  –  John Terry

4/1  –  Wayne Rooney

5/1  –  Sam Allardyce

12/1 –  Eddie Howe

 

Update: 24.11.20

The bookies have comprehensively slashed the odds on John Terry taking the reins at Championship strugglers Derby County, the former England international now odds-on at 1/2 to take over at Pride Park. Terry has thus overtaken former favourite Sam Allardyce who has lengthened to a general 4/1 on the betting market. Current Derby Counter player-caretaker-manager Wayne Rooney is around 5/1 to be offered the position on a permanent basis with some bookmakers going as high as 8/1 on England’s all-time record goal-scorer.

Next in the betting market is former Bournemouth gaffer Eddie Howe at odds of 12/1 while ex Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is a 16/1 punt to be offered the role. Liam Rosenior comes in next at 20/1 while 25/1 shots include Pep Clotet, Chris Davies, Steve Cooper, Paul Warne, Paul Clement, Phil Neville, Danny Cowley and John Gregory.

Derby County remain rooted to the foot of the Championship table, the Rams having failed to find the net more than once in all of their league matches since the start of the campaign. Indeed the East Midlands outfit have only scored five goals since the start of 2020/21, less than any other side in the Championship.

 

Next Derby County Manager Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

1/2  –  John Terry

4/1  –  Sam Allardyce

5/1  –  Wayne Rooney

12/1 –  Eddie Howe

16/1 –  Rafael Benitez

20/1 –  Liam Rosenior

 

Update: 23.11.20

Rafael Benitez may still be top of the betting market to be the next permanent Derby County manager but the bookies have slashed the odds on Sam Allardyce taking on the role recently vacated by Phillip Cocu.

The Rams remain rooted to the foot of the Championship table with player-interim-manager Wayne Rooney overseeing a disappointing defeat to promotion-hopefuls Bristol City in his first game in charge. As such the odds on Rooney being offered the position on a permanent basis have lengthened with some firms going 6/1 on such an occurrence.

The big mover in the betting market has been Sam Allardyce, his odds being slashed from around 20/1 to just 3/1 over the past few days. Allardyce has also been linked with the West Bromwich Albion position although Slaven Bilic remains in the hot-seat at the Hawthorns for the time being.

Allardyce’s last managerial stint was at Everton although while he steered the side to a top-eight finish in the Premier League, the fans weren’t happy with his style of play and he left on 16th May 2018. He had a chance to return to managerial circles a year later with Newcastle United but he turned down approaches from the Magpies. Could he be tempted by Derby County? The bookies seem to think so.

 

Next Derby County Manager Best Bookmaker Odds

 

3/1  –  Rafael Benitez

3/1  –  Sam Allardyce

6/1  –  Wayne Rooney

6/1  –  John Gregory

6/1  –  John Terry

10/1 –  Liam Rosenior

 

19.11.20

Dalian Pro boss Rafa Benitez has had his odds slashed to just 6/4 to be the next boss of Championship side Derby County, some firms still going a best price of 9/4. The Spaniard was a rank outsider when the betting market opened earlier last week at odds as high as 33/1, however over the past 24 hours or so he has been the subject of a massive rash of bets. Indeed approximately 61% of all bets on the freebets.org markets have been aimed towards the 60-year-old taking over as Rams gaffer and 16% have been pointed towards caretaker manager Wayne Rooney.

With Derby County sitting at the foot of the Championship table, the club decided to dispense with the services of Phillip Cocu and following this a whole host of different names have been linked with the now vacant position. Whoever takes on the role faces a massive task in lifting the Rams up the division and some firms go 6/4 on Wayne Rooney taking the position. The 35-year-old is currently in the role of player-coach until a permanent successor to Cocu is found, however the chances of him being offered the post full-time appears to have receded somewhat.

As for Benitez, he was boss at Newcastle United when Sheikh Khaled was aiming to buy the club and reports suggest that the Sheikh has had a takeover bid for Derby County accepted by the Football League.

 

Next Derby County Manager Best Bookmaker Odds

 

6/4  –  Wayne Rooney

9/4  –  Rafael Benitez

11/2 –  John Terry

7/1  –  Steve Cooper

15/2 –  Sam Allardyce

9/1  –  Eddie Howe

10/1 –  Danny Cowley

20/1 –  Garry Monk

20/1 –  Steven Gerrard

20/1 –  Lee Johnson