Rooney confident he can land Derby manager job

‘I believe in my own ability to manage this club’: Wayne Rooney confident he can land Derby job as he gets set to ‘present his case’ in a meeting with the board next week

  • Wayne Rooney is unbeaten since becoming interim manager at Derby County
  • The 35-year-old is hoping to impress the board and secure the job permanently 
  • Any announcement would likely be made after the club’s takeover goes through
  • Rooney has won the support of the players and is confident he can do the job  

Wayne Rooney is confident he will be appointed as manager of Derby County as he gets set to put forward his case to the club’s board.

England’s record goalscorer has been interim manager for six matches, in which the Rams have shown an improvement to form and are unbeaten in that time.

Rooney has not included himself in the matchday squad since Phillip Cocu’s departure and with retirement edging ever closer, the 35-year-old is keen to take up his first permanent managerial role with the club.  

Wayne Rooney is confident he can secure the job as permanent manager of Derby County

Derby have had an upturn of form under interim Rooney and are unbeaten in six games

And he has said the club’s recent run of form under him has justified being placed as interim manager and is confident in his ability to take up the job full-time.

As reported by the Derby Telegraph he said: ‘I think the results and performances justify that (being placed as interim manager).

‘I think it was a tough place the club was in, in terms of Phillip (Cocu) left the club and me and Liam (Rosenior) went in, but I think it was clear that it needed one leader. It was me who went in charge, and the reaction – not just from the players, but from the coaches – has been fantastic and we are all pulling in the same direction, and we are all trying to move this club forward.

‘As I have said before, I am confident in my ability to do the job. Six games I think everyone is starting to see a way I want the team to play. 

‘I believe in my own ability to manage this club, I want to manage this club, and that decision obviously is down to the owners.’  

The Telegraph has reported that Rooney will present his future plans for the club to to the board and incoming new owners Bin Zayed International next week. 

Until the proposed £60million takeover by Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan – a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour – is completed, Derby are unlikely to make a permanent appointment.

The takeover of the club is hoped to be completed by the end of the year.

Rooney is set to put forward his case to the Derby board his ideas for the club going forward

Rooney has won the support of Derby’s players to become the club’s full-time boss after impressing them since he became interim manager.

Players have welcomed the simplified playing style – Derby are now far harder to beat and move the ball more quickly from back to front – and are said to be enjoying training once again. 

Rooney himself has stepped back from playing since becoming manager and is not taking part in sessions.

The 35-year-old felt Derby’s approach had become too complicated under Phillip Cocu, who was sacked nearly a month ago, and – along with coaches Liam Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given – has settled on a more basic tactical plan.

Derby currently sit 22nd in the standings but could jump out of the relegation zone if they beat Rotherham on Saturday. 

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