Derby County have confirmed that they have appointed Wayne Rooney as their manager on a permanent basis until 2023.
Wayne Rooney Appointed Permanent Derby County Manager
Form as Interim Manager Landed Him the Role
Derby’s form during Rooney’s tenure as interim boss landed him the permanent role at Pride Park.
After a dismal start to the season, the 35-year-old steadied the ship for the Rams. He oversaw three wins and four draw during nine games, helping to lift Derby off the bottom of the table. That run also included four consecutive clean sheets, as the United legend looked to keep it tight at the back.
Now, though, Rooney can focus on a clearer plan of how to lift Derby out of the relegation zone. He has the backing of the fans after a relatively successful stint and they will now be hoping he can lead them to a mid-table finish.
‘No Stone Unturned’
Speaking to the Derby County website, Rooney thanked the fans for his welcome as a player, and as he now moves into his first managerial role, promised to give everything he has.
“When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club,” he said.
“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.”
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