Wayne Rooney has guaranteed Derby County fans that the East Midlands club will get through the tough period they’re in at the moment and start winning games again.
The Rams are bottom of the Championship and slumped to their eighth loss of the season on Saturday as Famara Diedhiou’s goal meant Bristol City took all three points.
After Phillip Cocu’s recent exit, the defeat to the Robins was Derby’s first game with an interim coaching team that includes Rooney and Liam Rosenior in charge.
The former England captain spoke to the media today ahead of the upcoming game against Middlesbrough and sent a strong message to fans.
He said (via The Athletic’s Ryan Conway): “I think the message is the club is going through a tough period, but we will get better and we will get out of the situation we’re in and we will win games. I can guarantee that.”
Rooney has thrown his hat in the ring to take permanent charge of the East Midlands club, with the search for Cocu’s replacement ongoing.
A permanent appointment seems unlikely to come until Sheikh Khaled’s impending £60 million takeover is completed, meaning the 35-year-old does have time to turn things around and stake his claim.
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This is a strong guarantee from Rooney, who is clearly trying to reassure the Pride Park faithful after the Rams’ dismal start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Derby frustrated City for long periods on Saturday but you’d say there was little that indicated exactly what the side would look like should the ex-Manchester United man take charge.
Given the quality of the players in the Rams’ squad, you feel they will surely turn things around at some point soon but whether that will be with Rooney at the helm remains to be seen.