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Wayne Rooney wants former Derby County figure as part of potential new setup

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Wayne Rooney would look to bring Steve McLaren back to Derby County as pat of his backroom team if he succeeded Phillip Cocu.

Whilst owner Mel Morris has backed the Dutch coach in public, there are plenty of reports suggesting the Rams chief is under huge pressure after a difficult start to the season.

If he was to go, Rooney would be a favourite to take over and TEAMtalk have claimed that the Manchester United legend is already considering who could help him in what would be his first managerial job, with McLaren someone he would want as part of his backroom team.

The two have worked together with England previously, with the 59-year-old regarded as a top quality coach in the game.

However, this would be a surprising move as it would see McLaren back at Pride Park once again. Having played for Derby in his playing career, he was then assistant to Jim Smith before having two spells in charge as manager.

Cocu is likely to remain in charge for Wednesday’s clash against Cardiff City at home.

The verdict

You have to feel sorry for Cocu as this speculation isn’t going away and it’s concerning that fresh reports are emerging about his job.

As for the actual update, Rooney would be smart to bring in a more experienced number two and McLaren would fit the bill in the sense that he is regarded as a good coach and knows the club.

But, his history with Derby may put some off but ultimately it should be down to Rooney, or whoever is in charge, to pick the staff they want.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.


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