Wayne Rooney: Man United legend named Derby County interim manager

Wayne Rooney: Man United legend named Derby County interim manager

- Wayne Rooney will be joined by Rosenior and fellow coaches Shay Given and Justin Walker in oversee training

- Rooney is yet to earn his coaching badges but has been playing the role of player-coach since his return to England from the MLS

- The legendary forward's appointment came after the sacking of Phillip Cocu alongside HIS backroom staff

- Cocu led the Rams to poor a poor start this season, with the side managing just one win in 11 league matches so far

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Man United legend Wayne Rooney has been named Derby County interim manager following the sacking of Phillip Cocu.

Wayne Rooney: Man United legend named Derby interim manager

Wayne Rooney is yet to earn his coaching badges but has been playing the role of player-coach since his return to England from the MLS. Photo by Alex Livesey.
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Derby announced the axing of Cocu alongside his backroom staff on Saturday, November 14.

In a statement seen by Legit.ng, the Championship side said the decision was reached by mutual consent.

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"The club would like to place on record its appreciation for the way Phillip and his staff conducted themselves in what were some extremely challenging situations during his tenure," Derby said.
"Derby County wishes to thank Phillip, Chris and Twan for their hard work and dedication over the last 16 months and wish them every success in their future careers," the club added.

SunSport now reports Rooney has been handed the role on acting capacity, with the ex-England international leading the club in training on Sunday, November 15.

Speaking after Cocu's sacking, Rooney, who has been a player-coach with Derby since his return to England thanked the Spaniard tactician for "his help and encouragement" in his journey as a budding football manager.

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The Man United legend further confirmed Derby have charged him with the responsibility of taking charge of the team ahead of their fixture against Bristol City.

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“The most important thing now is to stabilise the club and start moving up the table. I have been asked to be part of the staff to help the team’s preparations for next Saturday’s vital match at Bristol City," he said.

Cocu only took charge of Derby 16 months ago, but has seen the side record a string of poor results in recent weeks under his tutelage.

The Rams have won just one of their 11 league matches this season, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the second tier English division.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Man United have declared the club remain committed to supporting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite growing pressure to have the manager replaced.

Solskjaer has come under immense criticism in recent weeks following United's inconsistent run of results.

The side has collected just 10 points from seven rounds of matches, leaving them languishing in the bottom half of the table at 15th.

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The Red Devils suffered back-to-back defeats Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League, results that saw reports emerge the club could sack the Norwegian midway the new season.

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