Wayne Rooney will be the interim manager of Derby County for the time being. The 35-year-old Englishman, who is also a player at the Championship club, will temporarily take over the duties of Phillip Cocu, who was fired on Saturday, and regrets his forced departure.
“I am sorry that Phillip and his staff have left the club and would like to personally thank him for all his help and encouragement for me as an assistant,” Rooney said in a brief statement on Sunday. Sky Sports in The Guardian.
“The most important thing for us now is to make the club stable again and to rise in the rankings. I have been asked to be part of the staff to prepare the game against Bristol City. Monday we will speak again with the players. . “
Derby does not make any announcements about Cocu’s successor, but according to Sky Sports in The Guardian Rooney gets help from assistant coach Liam Rosenior, goalkeeper coach Shay Given and development coach Justin Walker so that he can focus on football. The England national team’s all-time top scorer has been a Derby player / manager since January.
Rooney and co. are reportedly in charge not only against Bristol City, but also throughout the remainder of November against Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers. Derby would like to wait to appoint a manager until the takeover by Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan of Abu Dhabi is completed.
Cocu had been the manager of Derby since the summer of 2019. He had to promote ‘The Rams’ to the Premier League, but did not come close. Derby finished tenth in the Championship last season and is last this season. In addition to Cocu, assistants Chris van der Weerden and Twan Scheepers also received their congé.