Rooney ends career to become Derby manager
Published : Friday, 15 January, 2021 at 10:51 PM Count : 169
Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, regarded as one of the best English players of his generation, has called time on his illustrious playing career after being named Friday as manager of second-tier side Derby County.
The struggling Championship club said in a statement that the 35-year old had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Rooney, who scored an all-time record 53 goals for England and is also Manchester United’s record scorer, joined Derby in a player-coach capacity a year ago from MLS side DC United and made 35 appearances for the club.
He had been interim manager at Derby since the club parted company with Dutchman Phillip Cocu in November.
Rooney began his playing career with boyhood club Everton, scoring his first goal in spectacular fashion as a 16-year old against Arsenal.
He became one of the country’s most iconic players, scoring 253 goals for United and winning five league titles and the Champions League.
Rooney is also England’s most capped outfield player, with 120 international appearances.
Rooney follows Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard in managing Derby.
Although unlike Lampard who was close to taking the Midlands club up in 2019, his task will be to stop them falling in to the third tier after a poor season.
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.
Rooney, who made more than 700 professional appearances during his career, said he would leave “no stone unturned” in trying to bring the good times back to Derby and he received backing from his first manager at Everton, David Moyes.