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Keogh delighted by Cocu deal

5th July 2019, 19:55 by Tom Hill

Derby County star Richard Keogh has claimed new boss Phillip Cocu is the "perfect" replacement for Frank Lampard.

Cocu was unveiled as the club's new manager on Friday after Lampard decided to leave Pride Park to rejoin Chelsea.

The former PSV Eindhoven manager has penned a four-year deal in the East Midlands and he will be hoping to fare better than he did at Fenerbahce, where he lasted just 15 matches.

Keogh and the squad are currently in the United States as part of their pre-season preparations and the centre-back says everyone is delighted by Cocu's arrival.

He told Rams TV: "It's an exciting appointment, for sure.

"The chairman spoke about the fact we lost the old manager but wanted to keep what we had last year in terms of the philosophy and core principles we're trying to create.

"I think we have found the perfect man in the new gaffer. We have met him, he has addressed us all and he seems like a great guy. His vision of the club and how we want to play is exactly what we want as players.

"It is exciting to play under someone like him. He played at one of the biggest clubs in the world in Barcelona and to get over 100 caps for Holland speaks for itself, too.

"He was a top player and has had success as a manager, too, so it's exciting to be picking into his knowledge. It's an opportunity to try and get better and improve and learn as a player. The way he sees football is something I see similar in my own game."

He added: "It's exciting. It's exciting with the manager, it's exciting to be back around the lads and to be in Florida on this training camp. We had a great spirit last year in the dressing room and we want that to continue."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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