Wayne Rooney named as manager of Championship club

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has been named interim Derby County boss after the sacking of Phillip Cocu.

The Dutch coach took charge of the Rams in July 2019 after Frank Lampard’s departure to manage Chelsea, but a poor start to the season has led to his dismissal.

He won just one out of 11 games this season, and the Championship side have swiftly named Wayne Rooney as interim manager.

The Rams are currently bottom of the Championship standings after a dismal start to the new campaign.

The former Man United star, 35, will be in charge of the club’s next game against Bristol City after the international break.

In a statement, Rooney said: “I am sorry Phillip and his staff have left the club. And I want to thank him personally for all of his help and encouragement as part of the coaching staff. 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.”

Earlier this year in January, Rooney joined the Rams as a player-coach and this will be a great chance for him to showcase his managerial skills.