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The next chapter for Rooney’s football career

Sat 28 November 2020 | 10:35

The former Red Devils player will play his first role as a coach when Derby County clash with Wycombe on Saturday.


Manchester United


Wayne Rooney

, heads for his first match as a coach when his team,

Derby County

, face


on this weekend. The team, who are at the bottom of the league’s table, hope to move into the zone of safety now that they have assigned Rooney to be their head-coach.

Rooney revealed that for their upcoming game former England coach,

Steve McClaren

, will also be present.

 "For the two previous games, the four of us did it together [Wayne Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and, Justin Walker], preparing the team and picking the team together,"

Rooney said.

"We felt that it needed one voice, one person to do that and make the decisions on the team, the starting team and obviously the subs coming into the game.”

"We felt I felt I was the right man for that. That's where we're at.”

"It's obviously exciting for me to do that. Management is something I've always said I wanted to go into. It's an opportunity for me to try to pick the right team to get us a positive result."   

The England international, who will make his first debut as a coach on Saturday, admitted his wish to keep track of the current game at his hand and not to look forward for any further events.

"Tomorrow is so important to us that we have to focus on tomorrow,"

he said.

"We can't focus on what happens in the long term just yet.”

"There will be conversations, obviously, but we have to focus on tomorrow and can't look too far ahead. It wouldn't be fair on the players to be looking at what happens in the next few weeks.”

"We have to solely focus on tomorrow's game and then the new owners will be in, I'm sure, in the next few days. Once that's complete, there will be conversations and we'll see where that goes.”

"I wouldn't sit here and say I'm auditioning myself for the job. This football club deserves better than that. It deserves better than someone saying they're having an audition."

Rooney, who is also a Derby player, revealed that he won’t be multitasking when they face Wycombe and his sole purpose will be to coach the team.

"Obviously I played the last game, but if I'm making decisions on who plays the game and doesn't play the game and the preparation of the team, I wouldn't be able to give it my full attention and still be part of the game,"

he added.

"I won't be involved in the game tomorrow. I'll be focusing on getting the team right to play the game."

When asked if he would miss the chance to send a player like himself to the pitch, Rooney replied:  

"Of course, but as I said before, this is what I want to do, this is what I see myself doing.”

"As much as you'd like to carry on playing for as long as you can, there comes a point where you have to make decisions. For tomorrow, I think it's the right decision."

source: SportMob