Wayne Rooney eyes future role in management

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 September 2017, 13:37

Wayne Rooney may be trapped in the headlines for all the wrong reasons at the moment, but one interesting snippet of information that emerged over the weekend was his desire to take up a position in football management once he hangs up his boots.

In an interview with talkSPORT the former England captain, who recently retired from international football on 119 caps, said:

“I’d love to go into management. I’m doing my badges now and I think it would be a waste to have the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years to not have a go at it.

“I’ve always been interested in watching games, and the tactical side of games, and speaking to the managers I’ve worked under about how we’re going to approach certain games.

“I’ve always watched football and studied it to try to see different things during the game, and I know a lot of players I’ve played with don’t do that. They’re more into watching tricks on YouTube, and stuff like that.

“But I watch games and try to work how teams are going to try to break the other team down, and vice versa. So I’ve always been quite aware of the tactical side of the game and I believe that can help you on the pitch, certainly as you get a bit older as you need that [knowledge] to help create a bit of space for yourself, and a bit more time.”

During his club career Rooney has played under the likes of David Moyes, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman, and of course Sir Alex Ferguson, with whom he rates as the best manager he’s worked with:

"He was the best but he never complicated anything. Nowadays sometimes there is a bit too much information, too much thought going into it. Sometimes all you need is 'You're better than them, go and win it'.

"He had the balance right and his man- management was second to none. He knew the players he could have a go at and those he needed to put his arm round.”

At international level Rooney played under six managers: Sven Goran-Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello, Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce, and Gareth Southgate - the poor chap!

On Capello, who was on a staggering £6million-a-year contract, Rooney said: “His English wasn’t great, and that it didn’t feel right”.

The Everton player also surprisingly revealed that the Italian had cheered when Italy scored at the 2010 World Cup - “He’s there as England manager! I didn’t think it was right.” - a tournament which saw England hammered 4-1 to fierce foes Germany in the last-16.

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