Liam Rosenior insists he is happy to be assistant to Wayne Rooney at Derby County, even though he previously revealed he wanted the job.
With the Rams struggling in the league, Phillip Cocu was sacked last month, and Rosenior and Rooney initially took over as a duo to lead the team.
During that period, results didn’t improve, so Rooney decided to step back from playing to take control as the temporary boss, with Derby unbeaten in the four games since.
And, speaking to The Athletic reporter Ryan Conway, Rosenior revealed he was pleased with the decision and feels it was needed to ensure results improved.
“Since Wayne stepped into the role he’s been outstanding. It’s starting to show on the pitch but it needs to continue. In terms of the longer term, it’s not for me to say. It’s above my pay grade.
“In terms of my coaching journey I’m confident my time will come. I always said it wasn’t about me. It was about the club. In any organisation you need a no1. And I’m delighted Wayne has been given his opportunity.”
The pair will be in the dugout tomorrow as Derby welcome Stoke City to Pride Park.
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You have to say that Rosenior comes across very well here, as he just wants what is best for the club.
Clearly, they needed to make a decision, as they couldn’t go on with two people in a joint-manager role. The change has worked too, and Rooney would be the first to acknowledge the way Rosenior and the other coaches have helped.
Until the ownership situation is finalised, this is the way to go forward, and the immediate focus will be on getting a good result against a solid Stoke side.
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