REPORT: Wayne Rooney Set to Battle it Out With Former England Teammate for Derby County Manager Role

Wayne Rooney John Terry

Wayne Rooney faces competition from ex-England teammate John Terry for the manager role at Derby County, according to reports.

Rooney and Terry Both Looking For First Permanent Manager Role

Terry Reportedly Impressed Prospective New Owner

Derby are close to a takeover from Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan – with a deal agreed “in principle” between the club and the Sheikh’s Derventio Holdings company.

The MailOnline has reported that there are sources close to the Sheikh who believe Terry is the right man to take the club forward.

The former Chelsea captain is currently assistant manager to Dean Smith at Aston Villa.

Rooney Has Ambitions for Rams Job

Meanwhile, Rooney is leading Derby’s four-man interim management team, following the sacking of Philip Cocu.

Rooney has voiced his ambitions to take on the manager role at Derby on a full-time basis: “I’ve told (the players) to still call me “Wazza” for the time being. If I get the job on a long-term basis, they can call me what they want.”

England’s record goalscorer has also admitted he is making the most of his former international manager Steve McClaren’s return to the club: “It’s been having great Steve in because it’s my first time doing this job.

“I’m confident of doing it but of course, if I’m in doubt over anything then it’s great to have Steve there to bounce things off and get his experience.”

Derby are bottom of the Championship and have scored just six league goals this season. Rooney knows he needs to get more out of his side’s forwards: “I said today to the players: scoring goals is the hardest thing to do. Sometimes you can overthink it.

“It can be the small things, the simple things – making the box, putting the ball in… let the shots go, if you do that you’ve got more chance.”

 

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