Derby County announce Wayne Rooney as their new manager as his playing career officially comes to an end

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Derby County have officially confirmed and announced Wayne Rooney as their new manager.

Derby County have announced that 35-year-old English football legend Wayne Rooney is officially their new manager.

In a statement released on their official website the club announced: ‘Derby County Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as the club’s new manager.

The 35-year-old takes up the position on a two-and-half-year deal which will run until the summer of 2023.

Rooney stepped up to lead Derby’s coaching team towards the end of November after former manager Phillip Cocu parted company with the club earlier that month.

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He was supported by fellow coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker, who will retain their positions on Rooney’s staff moving forward.

Rosenior takes up the role of assistant manager, while Given will move to the position of first-team coach. Walker will remain as first-team development coach, while Academy goalkeeping coach Jason Pearcey has been appointed as the club’s first-team goalkeeping coach.

Steve McClaren will continue to assume the duties of technical director and advisor to the board of directors.’

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Rooney joined Championship club Derby County as a player-coach in January 2020 from MLS side DC United.

The 33-year-old forward, who is Manchester United and England’s all-time record goalscorer, joined the Rams on an initial 18-month contract.

Rooney has been acting as interim manager at Derby since the end of November, but has now taken the job permanently on a two-and-a-half-year contract.



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