Former England and Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney has hung up his boots to become the permanent manager of English second division club Derby County. Following the sacking of Phillip Cocu, the 35-year-old has been acting interim manager since November but has now been given a two-and-a-half-year contract till 2023.
Derby announced the news in a release on Friday, “Derby County Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as the club’s new manager.”
Following the development, Derby CEO Stephen Pearce commented, “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.”
The former Everton and Man United player weighed in, “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.”
Touted as one of the best players of his generation, Rooney announced his retirement after an illustrious career of over 19 years. The 35-year-old is the record goal scorer for both the England national team and Manchester United.
Rooney scored a record 253 goals for United, winning the Premier League title five times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup three times, the Champions League once and the Europa League in his last season there.
Rooney who had a short stint in the US’s Major League Soccer (MLS) has score 23 goals in his 48 appearances for DC United. The former England captain overtook Sir Bobby Charlton as United’s record goal-scorer, and also scored 53 goals in 120 appearances for England, surpassing Charlton’s 49.