Wayne Rooney has been definitively appointed as the new trainer of Derby County. The 35-year-old Englishman stops playing football to be able to concentrate on his job as a trainer and is now officially the successor of Phillip Cocu.
The Dutchman was fired from Derby in November last year because of the moderate results. Rooney then took over as interim trainer and under his leadership he won four times and played three times in nine games. The Rams club board has now decided to give the former attacker a permanent position. He‘s locked up until mid-2023.
That means Rooney’s active career is officially over. The attacker played over 700 official matches, scoring over 300 goals and is all-time top scorer of both the English national team and Manchester United. Since arriving in Derby in January 2020, he played 35 games.
On Derby‘s website, Rooney says he’s proud of the opportunity the club gives him. “Following in the footsteps of people like Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is a huge honor, and I can promise everyone around the club that I will do everything I can to realise the potential of this club.”