After a year-and-a-half “emotional roller coaster”, Wayne Rooney has decided to hold on to the calm of Derby County coach.
The icon of English football came into being in 2019 – after venturing into the MLS – as a player-coach for the English county derby. Under Philip Coco, he first learned the tricks of the trade, before taking charge after the Dutchman’s resignation.
After a difficult start, Rooney managed to keep Derby in the championship. The former goal-winner praised the “revival” of the club and the group of players. Grinta was contagious.
However, this season got off to a wrong start. Derby County was forced to start the competition with 21 penalties for breaching English Premier League accounting rules.
Conservation seemed a hopeless task. However, Ronnie and his team did everything they could to prove otherwise to the outside world. Rooney was so determined that he turned down the offer of a coach from his ‘team’ Everton.
Bypassed Barnsley County, but stranded penultimate on 7 points from the save. A big blow to Rooney and his comrades.
“The club’s future and mine is uncertain,” Rooney said after the ruling was dropped. Ailing club managers say they tried to persuade the former international to stay, but Rooney’s decision was firm.
“I think the club now must be led by someone with fresh energy and someone who has not been affected by the events of the modern era,” Rooney said. “I will remember my time at the Derby with great pride and would like to thank all the staff, the players and of course the fans for their fantastic support.”
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