Wayne Rooney’s former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville has offered his prediction on the Derby County boss’ future.
Rooney has been linked with the vacant managerial role at Everton. Neville, speaking on the latest episode of his podcast, suggested that Rooney would take the Everton job if he was offered the position.
It was reported last week that Rooney was interviewed as a potential replacement to Rafa Benitez.
It remains to be seen who Everton will appoint as their new manager, but Neville has given his verdict on what he thinks of Rooney’s future.
“He wouldn’t ring me up to ask for advice for that because I think he’d jumped at the chance, obviously,” said Neville, via the Gary Neville podcast.
“Wayne Rooney being asked to be Everton manager, growing up as a fan [and] a kid there, going back at the end of his career, I don’t think it’d take five minutes for him to go back.
“Whether that’ll be right for him now or not, whether it’d work or not, I don’t know.”
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Rooney has done a tremendous job with Derby County, having earned the plaudits of many pundits.
The former England international kept the Rams up last season, and has kept them within a fighting chance of survival again this season, despite a 21-point deduction penalty.
Derby are 23rd in the Championship table despite that deduction. However, the Rams lost their most recent game 2-1 to bitter rivals Nottingham Forest.
The gap to 21st place Reading remains eight points with 19 games to go.
Up next for Rooney’s side is the visit of Birmingham City to Pride Park on January 30.
Neville knows Rooney quite well from their time with the Red Devils. They were also England teammates and there’s been nothing to suggest the two don’t get on.
So there is some weight to Neville’s prediction. It’s unconfirmed yet who will be taking the Everton job, but that Rooney was in the picture for it at all is recognition enough for what he has done with Derby.
If he does keep them up then there’s little doubt that a Premier League, or upper Championship, side will come knocking looking for his services.
However, for now, Rooney has to focus on the task at hand, which is trying to keep Derby in the second division.