Phillip Cocu to miss Barnsley game after Stephen Pearce’s positive Covid-19 test

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23:09pm, Thu 05 Nov 2020
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Manager Phillip Cocu will not be in the dugout for Derby’s clash with Barnsley this weekend after chief executive officer Stephen Pearce tested positive for coronavirus.

The Rams released a statement confirming that Pearce has Covid-19, and after meetings with chairman Mel Morris and Cocu earlier on Thursday, all three will now self-isolate.

“County can confirm that its chief executive officer, Stephen Pearce, has this evening (Thursday) tested positive for Covid-19 during a routine test,” said the statement.

“Pearce is currently asymptomatic and, in line with UK Government and club protocol, will now self-isolate.

“As a result of individual meetings with executive chairman Mel Morris CBE and manager Phillip Cocu over the course of today, they must also take part in a period of self-isolation, for 14-days, under UK Government and club protocol.

“Derby’s first-team coaching staff will oversee Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Barnsley in Cocu’s mandatory absence.”

Assistant manager Chris Van Der Weerden is expected to lead the Rams alongside first-team coaches Twan Scheepers and Liam Rosenior.

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