Rooney retires playing to head Derby County

Obinwannem News Rooney retires playing to head Derby County

Former Manchester United Captain Wayne Rooney has officially retired as a footballer, after being appointed as permanent manager of Derby County on a two-and-a-half year contract

The 35-year-old former Manchester United captain, who took temporary charge of Derby in November, is now focusing on his coaching career.

However, his role changed in November, when Phillip Cocu was sacked as Derby manager. As a result, Rooney became caretaker manager.

And after going unbeaten in seven of his nine matches during that spell, the Derby board have decided to appoint Rooney.

“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,” Rooney told the club’s official website.

“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 in 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.”

Wayne Rooney Joined Man United on August 31, 2004, and left July 9, 2017.

Wayne Rooney scored about 250 goals for Manchester United Football Club (MUFC), and was 18-year-old in 2004. He won the Premier League title five times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup three times, the Champions League once and the Europa League in his last season with MUFC.

Uguru Iheke reporting, Obinwannem News

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