Cocu refusing to copy Lampard

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Phillip Cocu insists he is not out to emulate Frank Lampard and will be his own man at Derby.

New Derby County manager Phillip Cocu says he is not out to emulate Frank Lampard and will be his own man at Pride Park.

The former PSV Eindhoven coach was appointed as Lampard’s successor after his departure to Chelsea earlier this month.

Lampard’s debut campaign in the Midlands ended in a play-off final defeat to Aston Villa.

He was set to stay put until a return to Chelsea become available and the Rams turned to former PSV Eindhoven man Cocu.

Some sections of the press have already tried to compare the two but Cocu says he will do it his own way.

‘Of course I can imagine that the fans are sad Frank has gone because he did a great job, was a fantastic player and had a great career,’ said Cocu.

‘But I am not a person who is going to try and do the same as the old manager.

You have to be yourself.

What I like is the relationship between the club and the fans.

The bond is very close and that is important.

‘You have to show you are proud to work and play for the club and we want to see that on the pitch.’

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