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Wayne Rooney retires to take Derby County job permanently

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Wayne Rooney has finally retired and appointed as Derby’s coach permanently.

The Manchester United legend has been in interim charge of the Championship outfit of late, impressing Pride Park bosses.

Derby has won three and drawn four of Rooney’s nine games in the dugout and has pulled themselves to the cusp of escaping the relegation zone.

The Rams have recently been taken over and the new owners will be hoping Rooney can continue the club’s solid form.

Derby confirmed the 35-year-old former Manchester United and England forward had agreed a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager’s role, Rooney had “elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job”.

Rooney said, “When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club

“The stadium, training ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.

“Despite other offers, I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.

“To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.”

“Despite other offers, I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.

“To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.”

DailyStar

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