Wayne Rooney The Manager? Derby County interim boss releases statement following Phillip Cocu’s exit

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 November 2020, 06:51

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are both mounting title charges, Phil Neville is at the helm of the Lionesses, brother Gary had a brief stint in Spain, while Paul Scholes and Sol Campbell have both dabbled in the EFL.

Now, Wayne Rooney has become the latest former England international to have a stab at management after he was named interim boss of Derby County following the exit of Phillip Cocu.

Rooney, who joined The Rams as player-coach at the start of 2020, will be accompanied in the dugout by coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker.

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In a statement on Saturday night, Rooney said: "I am sorry that Phillip and his staff have left the club.

"I want to thank him personally for all his help and encouragement as part of his coaching staff.

"The most important thing now is to stabilise the club and start moving up the table.

"I've been asked to be part of the coaching staff to help the team's preparation for next Saturday's vital match against Bristol City.

"The coaches and I will speak with the players on Monday."


Wayne Rooney The Manager?

Rooney has been installed as the early favourite for the permanent position, with the 35-year-old currently odds-on with Paddy Power.

However, he faces competition from another high-profile ex-England international, Aston Villa assistant John Terry (5/2), while Rafa Benitez has emerged as a shock 4/1 to return to the Championship where he previously led Newcastle to the title.

Paul Cook and Eddie Howe can be backed at 8/1 and 12/1 respectively.


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