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Wayne Rooney addresses stance on Derby job amid winless run and John Terry links

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Derby County interim boss Wayne Rooney has revealed that he is still keen to take the job permanently despite his side’s continued poor form. 

The Rams are without a win since October and have taken just two points from four games since Phillip Cocu left the club in mid-November.

Rooney has since stepped up to lead the interim coaching team in charge of the senior side but draws against newly-promoted duo Wycombe and Coventry City have not been enough to help them climb off the bottom of the table.

Despite their continued winless run and the string of names linked with the Derby job, Rooney has reiterated that he is still keen to become Cocu’s permanent replacement.

He told Goal.com: “I’m no further on to knowing from where I was on Tuesday night.

“I think the first thing is getting the ownership over the line. I’ve stated on Tuesday and on Saturday, of course, I want to do this job full time but we are where we are. We have to wait for all the paperwork to be sorted and then we see what happens from there.”

A decision over the new manager is likely to follow swiftly after the completion of Sheikh Khaled’s takeover, which is expected to be done soon amid recent delays.

Rooney noted: “Hopefully the quicker the new ownership is done the better because I think a decision does need to be made.

“I’ve been asked to take the team until a decision is made and that’s what I’m doing so the quicker the decision is made – not just for the players but for all the staff at the football club – the more stability we can get and more plans put in place for the future.”

Rooney’s former England teammate John Terry is reportedly one of the frontrunners to take charge, while the likes of Eddie Howe and Sam Allardyce are among the other names that have been linked.

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The Verdict

It seems the former Manchester United and England captain remains keen on becoming Derby’s permanent manager, despite their continued poor form.

There have been improvements in recent games against Wycombe and Coventry but they remain bottom of the table and it’s hard to suggest that he’s done enough to show that he’s the right man for the permanent job.

You feel Rams fans will want to see someone with more experience brought in and for a decision to be made soon because things are really starting to drag on.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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