Wayne Rooney appointed new manager of Derby County FC
Wayne Rooney appointed new manager of Derby County FC
Rooney spent a memorable spell at United. Source Martin Rickett
16 January, 2021, 09:09
"Some ups, some downs, I wouldn't change anything I've done in my career as a player".
After taking charge on an interim basis in November, overseeing nine games with the second-tier side, Rooney elected to retire from playing in order to focus on managerial duties.
"Will I miss playing?"
"Di opportunity to follow Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is an honour", he said.
He has already spoken to good friend Gerrard, who has led Rangers into a position to end their long wait for a Scottish Premiership title, while John Terry is not far away geographically on the coaching staff at Aston Villa.
"I am very fortunate I am staying around football and can be part of it".
Rooney joined Derby as a player-coach last January before succeeding sacked by Phillip Cocu.
Rooney, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Pride Park, takes his first game as permanent manager against Rotherham on Saturday.
Marcus Rashford was one of the first to congratulate his former England and United teammate on a fabulous career.
The 35-year-old will be aided by Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker as coaches.
Rooney debuted for his boyhood club Everton in 2002 and shot to prominence by scoring a sensational goal to beat then-champion Arsenal days before his 17th birthday.
And speaking about the Rams' new era under Rooney, their chief executive officer Stephen Pearce couldn't contain his excitement.
Derby are third from bottom although under Rooney's interim watch they have improved, losing only two of their last nine league matches, registering five clean sheets. "Those foundations have provided a platform for the club to build on in the second half of the season under Wayne's guidance".
Rooney's retirement was instantly recognised by the England official Twitter account, which posted: "A #ThreeLions legend".
In the same summer he moved to Manchester United, breaking the record transfer fee for a teenager.
With England, he scored 53 goals in 120 games, though trophies eluded such a talented crop of players with Rooney at the forefront.
In 2017, he became the first Manchester United player to score 250 goals for the club before returning to Everton for a brief spell.
Equally capable of predatory finishes and spectacular strikes, Rooney was one of the world's best forwards during his prime.
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