Wayne Rooney Wishes to Be Relieved As Derby County Manager
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has informed the club that he wishes to be relieved of his duties, per Fabrizio Romano.
Wayne Rooney has today informed Derby County that he wishes to be relieved of his duties as first team manager with immediate effect. ⚪️ #DCFC
“It’s time for me to leave the club. The club tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up”. pic.twitter.com/5TTUHqywwb
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 24, 2022
Rooney was given the Derby job in the 2020-21 season as player-manager following the sacking of Phillip Cocu. The Englishman guided Derby out of relegation in the 2020-21 season and was appointed as permanent manager. Facing multiple point deductions last season due to breaching financial rules, Rooney could not keep Derby County in the second-tier EFL Championship in 2021-22. The club was officially relegated last month to League One where they will compete next season.
At just 36 years old, the next step for Rooney is uncertain. While it seems his playing career is over, he has proven to be a capable manager and may see interest elsewhere now that he is available. Time will tell whether he is looking to get back into management right away.
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