Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney has retired from football to become the full time manager of Derby County. He takes up the position on a two-and-half-year deal which will run until the summer of 2023.
Rooney stepped up to lead Derby’s coaching team towards the end of November following the departure of previous manager Phillip Cocu.
He was supported by Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker. All three men retain their positions on Rooney’s staff moving forward.
Liam Rosenior takes up the role of assistant manager, while Shay Given will move to the position of first-team coach. Justin Walker will remain as first-team development coach, while Academy goalkeeping coach Jason Pearcey has been appointed as the club’s first-team goalkeeping coach.
Steve McClaren will work with Rooney as Derby’s technical director.
Rooney was in interim charge of Derby for nine matches in total. His interim period saw three wins, four draws and two defeats.
Rooney has elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his role as the full time manager of Derby.
England and Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer, with over 700 professional appearances to his name, joined Derby in January 2020 and appeared in a Rams shirt on 35 occasions.
Rooney told the Derby County official website: “When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. The Stadium, Training Ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.
“Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.
“To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.”
Tributes to Rooney have flowed in from around the footballing fraternity as a true icon of football retires from the game and starts a new journey within it.