Wayne Rooney is set to make a shock return to English football as Derby County player-coach.
DC United’s Wayne Rooney, who still has 2 years left on his contract in MLS, looks to be heading back to English football, as Derby County are showing significant interest in bringing the Manchester United legend in as a player-coach.
At 33, Rooney is heading toward the twilight of his career, but is still capable of producing quality moments on the pitch. Derby County manager Philip Cocu, who replaced Rooney’s former England colleague Frank Lampard recently, has essentially confirmed the interest in the Manchester United legend when speaking to BBC Radio:
“I can’t say anything about that. We’re working hard to complete the team and we always try to find the best player in a certain position. In the world of football, we cannot speak before it is signed.” – Philip Cocu
Wayne Rooney has been working on his coaching badges, and despite enjoying his time in MLS, has spoken about his desire to move on into coaching in the future, most notably after last weeks MLS All-Star match:
“I’m obviously still a player and I want to continue to play. When the time is right I can go into coaching or management.” – Wayne Rooney
Asked if he had been contacted by clubs from England or the United States, he added:
“Yeah, both. There’s an opportunity for me to go into management straight away and when I do hang my boots up, that decision will be made on what the ambition of the club is first of all, and what my ambitions are and what’s right for both myself and that particular team.”
Wayne Rooney is England’s all-time record scorer with 53 goals and Man United’s record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances.