Rooney To Join Derby As Player-Coach In January

Written by on August 7, 2019

Former England captain Wayne Rooney is to leave Washington-based DC United after agreeing on a deal to become player-coach of  Championship side Derby County, the clubs announced on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old — the record goalscorer for both his country and Manchester United — signed an initial 18-month contract with the ambitious second-tier side, who under Rooney’s former England team-mate Frank Lampard reached the play-off final last season.

The high-profile signing has already paid off for the club.

“On the back of Wayne joining the club, we have just been offered a record-breaking sponsorship deal with our principal shirt sponsor,” said owner Mel Morris.

Derby, two-time English champions back in the 1970s, have been rewarded for being quick off the mark when rumours surfaced that Colleen, Rooney’s wife and mother of their three children, was unhappy in the United States and wanted to return home.

Rooney, who is presently working towards securing his coaching qualifications, will work under former PSV Eindhoven boss Phillip Cocu.

“I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with,” Rooney told the club website.

“I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff, and the first-team squad from the start of January.

“I am sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.

“I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and academy.

“I must also take this opportunity to thank DC United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with.

“I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs.”


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