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'It was quite a long talk': Phillip Cocu reveals first meeting with Derby owner Mel Morris lasted hours before he was convinced to succeed Frank Lampard Phillip Cocu has revealed his initial meeting with Mel Morris lasted several hours Morris appointed Cocu as Rams' new boss following Frank Lampard's departure The Dutchman is keen to replicate Lampard's style of blooding in young talent 

By Laurie Whitwell for MailOnline

Published: 23:40 BST, 19 July 2019 | Updated: 23:46 BST, 19 July 2019

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Phillip Cocu has revealed his first meeting with owner Mel Morris lasted hours and convinced him to join Derby.

The ex-Holland international, formerly of PSV and Fenerbahce manager, has taken a job in the Championship because he can see the potential of Derby - and knows he has the passion to match.

'The idea behind it is important,' said Cocu. 'I know you have to bring a certain performance, it is normal, that doesn't matter if you're in La Liga or Holland.

Phillip Cocu (right) has revealed his first meeting with owner Mel Morris (left) lasted hours

Phillip Cocu (right)

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