Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has revealed he’ll have no choice, but to stop playing football and focus on the managerial aspect, if he’s made the coach of Derby County on a permanent basis.
The United all time top scorer joined the Championship side as a player-coach back in January, and has been important to their development since then.
However, Rooney was recently appointed caretaker manager, following the sacking of Philip Cocu, who did a poor job of steering them away from relegation waters this season.
And in a recent interview, Rooney said that while he loves playing, it would be a difficult task to juggle it with coaching, and he’ll have to retire if asked to take up the role permanently.
In his own words, “As I have stated I want to do this job and I want to go into management.
“If I manage the team long-term I do not feel it is possible to manage and play.
“If I’m not managing the team I will continue to play, but if I’m asked to manage the team on a full-time basis that will be the end of my playing days.
“It’s not the answer you want to hear but as I keep saying, the focus is on [Derby County’s game on] Saturday.”