Nice reconversion for Wayne Rooney. The England international has been named Derby County’s new coach and brings his playing career to an end.
Since November, Wayne Rooney has been acting Derby County coach following the sacking of Phillip Cocu but has now been given a two-and-a-half-year contract to take on the role permanently.
Derby hopes the appointment will help stabilize the Championship club, with some first-team members and coaching staff awaiting their December salary amid a protracted takeover led by Sheikh Khaled, a cousin of the owner of Manchester City, Sheikh Mansour.
“When I first returned to the UK, I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby,” said Rooney.
“The stadium, the training ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players arriving and, of course, the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive. Despite other offers, I instinctively knew Derby County was the place for me, ”he added.
Rooney has 120 caps for England, during which he scored 53 goals. He also won five Premier League titles with Manchester United and the Champions League in 2008.
Rooney is second in the Premier League’s all-time top scorers list, with just 208 goals behind Alan Shearer.