Wayne Rooney to become Derby County Manager - Latest News
|Rooney’s first game as Derby’s new permanent manager will be Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Rotherham United (3pm kick-off).|
The 35-year-old takes up the position on a two-and-half-year deal which will run until the summer of 2023.
Rooney stepped up to lead Derby’s coaching team towards the end of November after former manager Phillip Cocu parted company with the club earlier that month.
He was supported by fellow coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker, who will retain their positions on Rooney’s staff moving forward.
Rosenior takes up the role of assistant manager, while Given will move to the position of first-team coach. Walker will remain as first-team development coach, while Academy goalkeeping coach Jason Pearcey has been appointed as the club’s first-team goalkeeping coach.
Rooney, who was appointed as the Rams’ permanent manager on Friday, will oversee his first ‘proper’ game in charge against Rotherham United at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Rotherham sit one place and three points behind Derby in the Championship table and the game provides an opportunity for Rooney’s side to pull further away from the Millers.
A win could see Derby move out of the bottom three as they look to continue their progressive form under Rooney, having picked up three wins and four draws from their last nine league matches.
Rooney is taking nothing for granted, however, and is expecting a tough test against Paul Warne’s side.
As a result, members of Derby’s Under-23s and Under-18s sides made up the side that was beaten 2-0 at Chorley the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup last Saturday.
Rooney says everyone has returned to training this week in good health ahead of Saturday’s match.
“I think everyone is fine now,” Rooney said.
“We have stuck to the rules and we had a period of self-isolation at home. The lads have come back in this week and looked really fresh.
“They have had a lot of energy in training and are well-prepared for the game tomorrow.”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Wayne Rooney has all the attributes to become a top manager.
Solskjaer, Rooney's former teammate, has sent him a message upon the announcement.
"Great news for Wayne and I wish him all the best," the Norwegian said.
Wayne Rooney has retired from professional football
Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from professional football, at the age of 35, Manutd Reports.
Wayne has been appointed full-time manager of Championship side Derby County, a job he had been doing on an interim basis since the departure of Phillip Cocu in November.
Our former striker last featured in the Rams' playing squad later that month, and has now confirmed that he will be hanging up his boots in order to focus on his coaching career.
After breaking through at Everton, he completed his transfer to Old Trafford in August 2004, becoming the world's most expensive teenager in the process.
In the subsequent 13 years he spent in Manchester, he more than repaid that significant fee, scoring 253 goals in 559 games to overtake Sir Bobby Charlton at the summit of our all-time scoring charts.
He procured every possible winners' medal during his time at Old Trafford - five Premier Leagues, the Champions League, the FA Cup, four League Cups, the Europa League and the Club World Cup - before returning to the Toffees in 2017 and then heading for MLS with DC United the following year.
He returned to England with Derby in January 2020, and played against United in the Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie in March.
Rooney is also England's record marksman, another landmark he took off Charlton, who described him as
“a true great for club and country” in January 2017.
|“We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager. |
“Our recent upturn in results under Wayne was married together with some positive performances, notably the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-0 victory at Birmingham City.
“During that nine-game run we also dramatically improved their defensive record and registered five clean sheets in the process, while in the attacking third we became more effective and ruthless too.
“Those foundations have provided a platform for the club to build on in the second half of the season under Wayne’s guidance.”
Rooney said: “When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. The Stadium, Training Ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.
“Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.
"To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.” - Derby County’s Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce