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Wayne Rooney hangs up his shooting boots to manage Derby County

Manchester United and England Wayne Rooney is the new manager of Championship side Derby County.

The decision ends an illustrious 20-year playing career.

His wife Coleen posted to Twitter:


“Congratulations on a fantastic career Wayne.

“Won everything at club level, some a few times over, x2 leading goal scoring records for both club and country, which have taken years to break.

“You should be SO proud of yourself, because we are!!

“Thank you for letting me be part of it from start to finish.19 years later & 4 kids who have been lucky to witness you playing. We love you!!

“Good luck in the next chapter of your career as manager, sure you’ll be great, but remember, all you can do is try your best.”

Rooney, 35, decided to hang up his boots on the appointment.

He admitted he could stay at home and enjoy his wealth.

He added:

“There are people who could earn a lot of money doing TV work and speaking about players or managers from a studio.

“I’ve had a great career and enjoyed every minute.

“Of course, I will miss it, but I’ve been very fortunate to play for some massive teams.

“Playing for Everton was a boyhood dream of mine and then to go and play for 13 years at United was the highlight.

“To stay at the biggest club in the world for so long and win so many trophies is something I’ll always appreciate.”

Rooney has been caretaker boss at the East Midlands club after Philip Cocu was sacked.

Derby County CEO Stephen Pearce said:

“We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager.

“Our recent upturn in results under Wayne was married together with some positive performances, notably the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-0 victory at Birmingham City.”





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