Wayne Rooney is pulling out of the game to focus on leadership Rooney is Man Utd and England’s top scorer The current and future owners Mel Morris and Sheikh Khaled were impressed by the 35-year-old’s record Derby 22 in the championship and in the next game against Rotherham

Wayne Rooney has retired from the game after being permanently appointed Derby County Manager

Rooney has been working as an interim manager at Derby since the end of November, but has now finally taken over the job with a contract for two and a half years

Rooney said: “When I first arrived in the UK I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club, the stadium, the training grounds, the quality of the match staff and young players and of course the fan base who are loyal and supportive has stayed

“It’s a great honor to have the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu, and I can promise everyone at the club and all of our fans, my staff and me, no leaving stone unturned to achieve the potential I have seen in this historic football club over the past 12 months “

Rooney has scored 253 goals in 559 games for Manchester United and won five Premier League titles, a Champions League and a Europa League crown while at Old Trafford
Rooney started his career at Everton and joined the club from United in 2017 before briefly playing in MLS at DC United, from where he moved to Derby last year

The decision to appoint Rooney was made jointly by Derby’s current owner Mel Morris and potential owner Sheikh Khaled

Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker will retain their positions on Rooney’s coaching staff. Steve McClaren will continue to serve as technical director and advisor to the board of directors

Stephen Pearce, CEO of Derby, added, “We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager

“Our recent surge in results under Wayne has been linked to some positive performances, most notably the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-0 win at Birmingham City

“During this nine-game run, we also dramatically improved their defensive record, conceding five goals, while we also became more effective and ruthless in the attacking third

“These foundations have provided the club with a platform on which it can build under Wayne’s guidance in the second half of the season”

Rooney’s first game as permanent manager will be at Rotherham’s home in Pride Park on Saturday

It was a time of turmoil for Derby when the senior first-team players are still waiting for their December wages to be paid

The lengthy takeover by Khaled is still ongoing while the training ground was closed for over a week while almost the entire first team was forced to self-isolate due to a coronavirus outbreak

Rooney’s record as interim boss was impressive. By the time he took sole responsibility, Derby had only won one of its first 13 games of the 2020/21 season

Since then, the first team has only lost twice in nine games and can get out of relegation places of the championship with a win against Rotherham on Saturday

Rooney has managed to support a leaky defense as Derby has only conceded two goals in the last seven league games

Sky Sports News was told that the club’s decision-makers were most impressed by how he spruced up the squad and how Rooney cultivated a team spirit they’ve been missing for most of the season

When asked if he had set goals, he said at his first press conference as permanent manager: “I think we just have to do it game by game at first

“It’s what we’ve been doing for the past few months, and I don’t think there is any need to change what we have done in terms of our preparation

“It’s great for her to have clarity about who is the boss full-time I think it’s a big moment of the season for us at the football club “

The transfer window is open and Rooney added: “Right now, I have to suggest players that I want to bring in

“If that can be done, great, if not, I have different plans for different ways of working in the transfer window

“I think, as everyone knows, the last week of the January transfer window is very important

“So I have plans that I’ve had over the past few weeks If we can win some of these players towards the end of January that would be great””

Speaking of his retirement, Rooney said, “Usually this happens at the end of a season and normally you would have time as a player to think about it, but to me it obviously happened during the season

“I think the last couple of months have helped break this in and it has given me time for me to sit down and think about it

“As I said a few weeks ago, my future lies in management. I had a great career, I loved every minute

“Some highs, some lows, but I wouldn’t change anything I have done in my career as a player and hopefully now I can start making history and have a successful career as a manager

“I’m very happy to be sticking with football and still going to the locker room, not with the players, but with the staff, and it’s a different vibe

“It’s a different buzz when you’re on the contact line and win a game, or when you make a plan for the players to execute. It’s a new chapter for me

“If you ask if I’m going to miss the game, of course every gamer will miss it, but time doesn’t stop

“I’ve had my time, this is the younger generation’s time now, and it’s about making them better players”

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rooney’s desire to become a manager will help the new Derby boss adapt to life on the hot seat

“He’s England’s top scorer, he’s Manchester United’s top scorer and he has had a fantastic career as a player and it will give him a starting point,” said the 79-year-old

“But like everyone else it’s a results industry and you need to get results. He’ll know this better than anyone. He’s got off to a good start and he’s got knowledge of the game, a presence about him and I hope he does good

“It’s a big step for him. He’s a pretty rich young man now with his career in football so he probably doesn’t have to get into management to look after his family, but he wants to, and that is important

“There’s no point in being a manager because someone is asking you to. He went there as a player-coach, then became a player manager and now he’s got the manager’s job and that’s what he wanted. Hopefully he’s fine”

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