Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has ‘marginalised’ Steve McClaren in recent weeks as he looks to keep the Rams in the Championship.
The East Midlands outfit take on Birmingham City today in what is a huge game as they look to stay in the division. Given their poor run, the pressure has really built on Rooney, who is of course in his first management position.
And, according to Telegraph reporter John Percy, it’s believed that Rooney is not keen on taking advice from technical director Steve McClaren, who has been in charge of the Rams previously.
“Rooney and his assistant coaches have allegedly marginalised former England manager Steve McClaren in recent weeks, decreasing his influence on team selection and tactical decisions.”
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With Derby on a run of of one win in 12 games, it’s fair to say that most fans don’t feel this approach is working, particularly because McClaren’s return to the club was thought to have played a part in the improvements earlier in the campaign.
Here we look at some of the reaction to the update from Twitter…
I really fear we're going to end up in Adminstration, and breach FFP, with the mother of all points deductions next season.
Thing is, I'm starting to think that's a BETTER option (clear the decks and rebuild) than limping on with a dubious new owner.
— Inquisitive Chap (@Inquis_chap) April 23, 2021
— Nav Sidhu (@NavrinSidhu) April 23, 2021
My question is why he ever had an influence. That's not the role he was bought in for (by job title at least). That's not me saying I wouldn't involve him, it's just an odd dynamic.
— Scott (@sturner85) April 23, 2021
If that’s true it ain’t half working isn’t it!! Shambles
— Martin Hodgkinson (@Martinhodge50) April 23, 2021
Which has conincided with a terrific run of form from Derby…… https://t.co/yYX2ZmdWu8
— European Super League of bams (@Maybot_8000) April 23, 2021
Wouldn't have guessed it with the amazing results we've been picking up recently. https://t.co/C1z2lWWjTI
— stephen. (@dcfcstephen) April 23, 2021
I hate this club, I really do.
— Twedds (@METwedds) April 23, 2021