Former England manager Steve McClaren has delivered a verdict on Wayne Rooney’s aspirations of becoming Derby County boss in the future.
Since arriving at Pride Park on a player-coach contract in January, Rooney has played a massive part in the East Midlands side’s turnaround in form, pushing them up the Championship table and closer to a play-off place.
Hauled in on a free transfer, Rooney was immediately appointed club captain after being made available to make his debut following the turn of 2020 and his form has been largely impressive.
Playing a largely deeper role than usual, Rooney has provided Cocu with a steady and experienced head in the middle of the park alongside the likes of young players Max Bird, Jason Knight and on occasion, Louie Sibley.
With Rooney gaining many plaudits for his impact at the club, some are tipping England’s all-time leading scorer to go on and become a future manager with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being one of those.
McClaren, has given his thoughts on Rooney‘s chances of becoming manager and potentially taking over at Derby in the future, speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
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“That would be very, very interesting.
“He’s just got that enthusiasm that you can see as a player, but what’s he going to do when he finishes playing?
“He has to stay in football because he doesn’t know anything else.
“He’s growing up, he’s maturing and he’s at the right football club and getting experience.
“As long as he wants to do the work – being a manager is totally different.
“You go from arriving at training at 10 o’clock and going home at 2 o’clock, to all of a sudden it’s 24/7 and in your mind all of the time.
“Has he got that? Time will tell.”
Speaking of Rooney becoming Derby manager in the future is a little premature, considering Cocu has just began to finally reap the rewards of his own style and philosophy.
Frank Lampard began his managerial career with the Rams, and eventually moved on to Chelsea – leaving Cocu to pick up the pieces to a certain extent – and fans of the club would ideally want a long-term boss to stop that happening again.
Cocu should be given a long chance….