Wayne Rooney Set to Pull Off Impossible Comeback as Derby County Manager

Published 01/17/2022, 12:15 PM EST

Wayne Rooney is one of the biggest legends for Manchester United and England. He was a great player and helped United win everything during his time at the club. However, he is now trying his hand out at management after an early retirement from Derby County.

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He signed for Derby in 2020 as a player-manager and retired in 2021 at the age of 35. Now, he is in charge of Derby and is doing a phenomenal job as the club fights through one of the hardest periods they have ever been in.

The club barely avoided relegation last season as Rooney helped them stay up after a difficult start to the season, but things have gotten infinitely worse this season.

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Derby County and their financial problems this season

Derby were placed under a transfer embargo at the start of this season after the club was found guilty of breaking EFL and Financial Fair Play rules. The embargo was renewed for the January transfer window as well after the club failed to find a bidder willing to put funds in order to get through the season.

Moreover, the club was also handed a 21-point deduction, making it almost impossible for the club to stay up in England’s second division. Despite all of that, Derby moved off the bottom of the Championship table and are just nine points away from safety this season.

Wayne Rooney is doing a fantastic job this season and if Derby didn’t have that point deduction, they would currently be in 11th place, which is a huge achievement for a squad as threadbare as Derby’s.

 

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Wayne Rooney has been linked with the Everton job

After looking at his progress at Derby, Rooney has been linked with the manager’s job at his former club, Everton. The Merseyside club sacked their manager Rafa Benitez after a 2-0 loss to Norwich City.

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Rooney would love to manage the club that gave him his first Premier League start, and managing Everton could certainly interest Rooney. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out in the coming days.

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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