Rooney is the coach of a team ranked 22nd in the First Division
Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney ended a victorious career in the stadiums to devote himself to coaching first-class English club Derby County on Friday.
Derby County confirmed that Rooney, 35, agreed to a formal contract to supervise the team until 2023, after he held the temporary coach's assignment after the dismissal of Dutchman Philip Coco last November. During this period, he supervised nine matches, winning 3, drawing four and losing two.
The club said in a statement that the historic scorer for the England national team (53 goals) and Manchester United (253) signed a two-and-a-half-year contract until the summer of 2023.
He added that Rooney “chose to end his remarkable career as a player to focus completely on his work as a coach” for the 22nd-placed team. The first division arrangement, which includes 24 teams.
Derby County CEO Stephan Pearce welcomed his team's contract with Rooney and said, "We are delighted after confirming the appointment of Wayne Rooney as the new coach for our team."
"Our good recent results, led by Rooney, were accompanied by positive offers," he added.
As for Rooney, he said, "It is my great honor to follow the example of great coaches like Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Philip Coco in the Derby County training."
He added, "I promise everyone from the club's board of directors, supporters and workers in the coaching staff to do my best to realize the capabilities that I witnessed in the last 12 months in this historic club."
Rooney moved to Derby County in January 2020 and has played 35 matches with him.
Rooney will accompany former teammate Liam Rosenior, who has been appointed as assistant coach, in Derby County, and former Irish international goalkeeper Shay Given, who has been appointed in charge of the first team.
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