Wayne Rooney leaves Derby County after 18 rocky months in charge

Wayne Rooney quit as manager of Derby County after the team was sent to League One.

After Phillip Cocu left the Rams at the end of the year, the 36-year-old joined them as a player coach in January 2020. This was his first job as a manager.

The legend of Manchester United and England hung up his boots when he was named Derby’s permanent manager in January 2021. However, after a wild 18 months in charge, his time at Pride Park is over.

County went bankrupt at the beginning of last season and was kicked out of the Championship, even though Rooney led a brave fight against the drop, which cost the team a total of 21 points.

But Rooney, who got a lot of praise for how he handled his first tough job as a manager, told the club on Friday that he wanted to be let go as Derby gets ready to move to League One.

The all-time top scorer for England and United said, “I’ve been paying close attention to what’s going on with the ownership of Derby County over the summer.”

Wayne Rooney

“I met with the club’s leaders today to tell them that I had decided it was time for me to leave. To be fair, they tried very hard to change my mind, but I had already made up my mind.

“My time at the club has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.”

“Personally, I think the club needs to be led by someone with new ideas who hasn’t been affected by what’s happened in the last 18 months.”

“I will look back on my time at Derby with a lot of pride and affection. I’d like to thank all my staff, players, and fans for their amazing support.”

“I’ll never forget you, and I hope to see you all again soon when things are better.”

“Finally, I know that the club still has people who are interested in taking over running it.

“Tell them that Derby County is a great team with a great history and great fans. I hope that everything goes well for you in the future.

Earlier in the day, it was good to hear that Derby’s future seems to be safe now that Pride Park has been sold to a local property developer who wants to take over the club.

Wayne Rooney

Since September of last year, the Rams have been in administration. Last week, American businessman Chris Kirchner pulled out of a deal to buy the team.

But joint administrators Quantuma have said that they have agreed to a short-term loan from Derbyshire-based Clowes Developments Ltd. Once they have bought Pride Park, Clowes Developments Ltd will make a formal offer to buy the club.

A spokesman for Quantuma said, “The joint administrators are very disappointed that Wayne has made the hard decision to leave the club. We spent some time today trying to convince him to stay, but we understand why he wants to go.”

“We are very grateful to him for all the hard work he did on the field during the 2021/22 season, and we admire the way he led the team, the club, and the community through a number of problems that happened off the field.”

“The joint administrators know that staff and fans will be upset and angry about this news, but we all wish him, his wife Coleen, and their four boys the best of luck in the future and know that they will always be welcome back.”

“All parties agree that the club’s business and assets need to be sold as soon as possible,” the joint administrators said. They also said that Wayne’s departure won’t change the ongoing, positive talks.

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