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Wayne Rooney named new Derby County boss on a two-and-a-half year deal

by Football Frenzied

Wayne Rooney OFFICIALLY retires from playing after an illustrious 19-year career on the pitch to become Derby County manager after agreeing a two-and-a-half year contract with the Rams

  • Wayne Rooney has been appointed Derby County manager on a permanent basis
  • The 35-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the Championship club
  • However, in doing so Rooney has also announced his retirement from playing
  • Rooney was the Rams interim manager since Phillip Cocu’s sacking in November
  • Rooney joined Derby last January – joining on an 18-month deal as a player-coach

Wayne Rooney the football player is now a football manager after being hired by Derby County on a permanent basis.

The 35-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to take charge of the Rams until the summer of 2023. They are currently in the Championship relegation zone.

And as a direct result of the appointment, Rooney has announced his decision to retire from playing with immediate effect to concentrate solely on the role.

Rooney’s retirement from playing brings down the curtain on an illustrious career in which he became record goalscorer for the England national team and won every conceivable honour with Manchester United. 

Wayne Rooney is now a manager having been appointed as Derby County boss permanently 

Rooney's official retirement from playing football brings the curtain down on an illustrious career for England's all-time record goalscorer

Rooney’s official retirement from playing football brings the curtain down on an illustrious career for England’s all-time record goalscorer

Rooney with his wife Coleen and children Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass in an Instagram picture

Rooney with his wife Coleen and children Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass in an Instagram picture

Emerging as a precocious 17-year-old at boyhood club Everton, Rooney quickly became one of the finest players of his generation for club and country.

Shouldering an intense burden of expectation, he shone for England at Euro 2004 – his first international tournament – and then signed for Manchester United in a transfer worth £25million at the age of 18.

Rooney went on to become United’s all-time record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 games over 13 largely successful seasons in which he won five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League. 

He scored 53 goals in 120 games for England but was sadly not able to deliver the Three Lions long-awaited success at a tournament.  

Rooney only joined Derby a year ago – joining on an 18-month contract as a player-coach from MLS side DC United.

Rooney emerged as a precocious teenage striker at boyhood club Everton in the 2002 season

Rooney emerged as a precocious teenage striker at boyhood club Everton in the 2002 season

Sir Alex Ferguson brought Rooney to Manchester United in a £25million transfer in 2004

Sir Alex Ferguson brought Rooney to Manchester United in a £25million transfer in 2004

He went on to become United's all-time record goalscorer and won every honour in the game

He went on to become United’s all-time record goalscorer and won every honour in the game

However, his role changed in November when Phillip Cocu was sacked as Derby manager. As a result, Rooney became caretaker manager.

And after going unbeaten in seven of his nine matches during that spell, the Derby board have decided to appoint Rooney – signalling an end to his illustrious playing career.

‘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,’ Rooney told the club’s official website.

‘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 in 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.’

Bursting into the England set-up as a teenager, Rooney became the national team's all-time leading scorer but couldn't help them win a tournament

Bursting into the England set-up as a teenager, Rooney became the national team’s all-time leading scorer but couldn’t help them win a tournament 

Rooney was renowned for spectacular goals, not least this bicycle kick for Manchester United against local rivals Manchester City in 2011

Rooney was renowned for spectacular goals, not least this bicycle kick for Manchester United against local rivals Manchester City in 2011

He joined Derby as a player last January and then became caretaker manager in November

He joined Derby as a player last January and then became caretaker manager in November 

Rooney will take charge of his first game as permanent manager on Saturday at home to Championship rivals Rotherham United.

But he will have his work cut out with Derby currently in the relegation zone in England’s second tier.  

And speaking about the Rams’ new era under Rooney, their chief executive officer Stephen Pearce couldn’t contain his excitement.

‘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.’

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Source: DailyMail

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