Wayne Rooney Joins English Club As Player-Manager

Wayne Rooney has agreed to join Derby as a player-coach in January on an initial 18-month contract.

The 33-year-old will complete the current MLS season with DC United, which will finish no later than November, before making his return to English football.

Rooney, who has spoken in the past of his desire to work as a manager when his playing career ends, will work predominantly with the academy players progressing towards the first team in his role as a coach at Derby.

He said:

“I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby have provided me with. I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff and the first-team squad from the start of January.

“I am sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters. I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby working with both the first team and academy.

“I must also take this opportunity to thank DC United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with. I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs.”

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