Former England Star Wayne Rooney Quits As Derby County Manager

Former England Star Wayne Rooney Quits As Derby County Manager

Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney Has resigned as manager of the troubled derby as the club prepares for its first season in third tier for 36 years. Crisis-stricken clubs were unable to hold on to the Ronnie Championship derby last season after losing 21 points as a result of financial problems. In his first managerial role, Rooney impressively put Derby into controversy in the last weeks of the season to avoid relegation. This daring effort suggested that the 36-year-old would be able to lead Derby to progress from League One next season.

But after being in derby management during a tumultuous close season, Rooney has chosen to leave the Rams with a new campaign starting July 30.

A statement from the club said: “Wayne Rooney has informed Derby County Football Club today that he wants to step down immediately as the first team manager.”

Rooney, Manchester United and England’s all-time leading scorer, took charge in the Derby in 2020 and had one year left on his contract.

The former England captain was linked with an emotional return to Everton as a manager last season after receiving widespread acclaim for his work in the Derby.

“Over the summer, I’ve been closely monitoring the progress of Derby County ownership,” he said.

“I met the organizers today to let them know my decision. Now it’s time for me to leave the club. According to them, they tried hard to change my decision but it made up my mind.

“My time at the club has been a roller coaster of emotions, both high and low, but I have to say I enjoyed the challenge.”

Concerns about Derby’s future were heightened last week when American businessman Chris Kirchner withdrew his offer to buy the club.

But the sale to David Close, a local property developer in Pride Park, who hopes to complete the takeover, has allayed fears that the club could break up.

Regardless of the possibilities of new ownership, Ronnie felt that the derby would benefit from the new energy of a manager who is not diminished by the constant negativity around the club.

“Personally, I feel that the club now needs to lead someone with fresh energy who has not been affected by the events of the last 18 months,” he said.

“I will remember my time in Derby with great pride and love and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support.


“I will never forget you and I hope to see you again in the near future and at a pleasant time.”

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