Wayne Rooney insists that he will remain fully committed to Derby County if he isn’t named as the club’s new manager.
The Rams are on the lookout for a new boss after sacking Phillip Cocu earlier this month, with Rooney part of the coaching team that have been in charge in recent weeks.
Initially working as a player-coach, Rooney took himself out of the XI to concentrate on being the boss as Derby drew with Wycombe last time out.
And, speaking to The Athletic reporter Ryan Conway, the Manchester United legend, who has made it clear he wants the job permanently, has revealed he is happy to be a player again if the prospective new owners look elsewhere.
“I’ll respect whatever the club do moving forwards. Hopefully that’s soon. But if I have to go back to a player then I’ll give everything I can for the club.”
Sheikh Khaled’s takeover of the East Midlands outfit is expected to be confirmed in the next 48 hours, and his first task will be to appoint a manager.
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These comments are very professional from Rooney and you wouldn’t expect anything else from him at this moment in time.
It’s important to remember that he is contracted to the club as a player, and even at 35 he still has the ability to make a contribution on the pitch this season.
Ultimately, Derby need to get this sorted as soon as possible, and you can expect an announcement to be made once the takeover goes through.
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