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After 30 championship games, Derby appoints Rooney as Permanent Manager.


Rooney has not played a game himself since his caretaker appointment and has indeed now played his last game of professional football.

Derby County have appointed Wayne Rooney as manager on a permanent basis following a positive run of results since he took over as interim boss in November.

His move into full-time management also brings an end to a glittering playing career that began in 2002.


Rooney, who initially joined the Rams as a player-coach in January 2020, has been handed a two-and-a-half year contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

His immediate task will be to steer Derby away from the Championship relegation zone, having already seen an upturn in results since he took temporary charge.

Wayne Rooney played 30 championship goals.

Rooney, now 35, was appointed head of the interim coaching team when Philipp Cocu was sacked and has since seen Derby win three, draw four and lose only twice.


The Rams have trebled their points tally since Rooney took solo charge and briefly moved out of the relegation zone.

Steve McClaren will continue his role as technical director, while coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker will also stay on. Rosenior will be assistant manager.

“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,” a grateful Rooney told NoRM‘s known Media.


“Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me,” he added.

“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 in 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.”



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Wayne Rooney praised by Derby as players agree to wage deferral


Derby have confirmed all first-team staff, management, executives and non-furloughed staff have agreed to defer their wages to help the club during the coronavirus pandemic.


The club say Wayne Rooney and the rest of the Derby squad have agreed a “substantial deferral that is considerably more than has been reported in the media”.

Derby singled out Rooney and Curtis Davies for praise for the role they played in the negotiations. It was reported by some outlets last week that talks with the players were problematic.

A statement read: “Derby County Football Club has today confirmed that all first team players, football management, executives and non-furloughed staff have agreed to take wage deferrals as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“First team players have voluntarily agreed a substantial deferral that is considerably more than has been reported in the media, while Phillip Cocu and his coaching team, and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce and his staff have also agreed significant deferrals.”

“Talks across the club have been held in the spirit of unity and co-operation, and everyone has been fully committed to help and play their part.


“The club would specifically like to thank Wayne Rooney, the team captain, and Curtis Davies, the Professional Footballers Association’s club representative, for their help and support.”

Last month, Rooney criticised Health Secretary Matt Hancock for singling out footballers in the wider response to the coronavirus crisis but made clear his willingness to contribute financially to the NHS or his club.

Derby have confirmed that players, coaches and staff have also made financial donations to the club’s Stay Safe. Stay Fit. Stay Connected campaign, and that non-playing club staff have been volunteering to help operate a food hub set up at Pride Park.



Rooney ‘nears agreement with Derby to defer player wages’


Derby captain Wayne Rooney is edging close to agreeing wage deferrals for the first team players after a breakthrough in talks with the club, reports claim.


Sportsmail revealed last week that the former England skipper was at the centre of tense negotiations with the Championship side, who had proposed a 50 per cent deferral to protect the future of the club.

Negotiations looked to have hit a snag as a result, with players planning to withdraw an offer to defer 25 per cent of their wages. But according to the Mirror, Rooney – speaking on their behalf – is now close to agreeing the original compromise.

The deferrals will come out of April, May and June’s pay and be reimbursed in October, November and December, the report claims, with players whose contracts are expiring this summer not affected.

And in an effort to protect youngsters at Pride Park, the agreement will only concern those who currently earn more than £6,000 a week.


In his role as club captain, former Manchester United star Rooney has been acting as a ‘conduit’ in crucial talks in a bid to find an understanding between the two parties.

A spokesman for Rooney said: ‘As part of discussions it is entirely right and proper Wayne – as club captain and senior player in the English game – is at the forefront.

‘Alongside other Derby players, Wayne’s role has been to act as conduit between board and dressing room to help find a mutually acceptable position for both parties.

‘As is case with most football clubs, and in particular the EFL Championship, discussions are taking place at Derby County Football Club on a variety of proposals. These are being considered internally and discussed constructively.’


Rooney has made a major impression since joining Derby in January and quickly installed as captain. He is thought to have held talks with Gordan Taylor, chief of the Professional Footballers’ Associaiton – who back the players’ stance. The organisation are advising Championship stars not to accept any more than 25 per cent deferrals.

Derby’s wage bill is thought to be between £30m-£35m, and the club have already placed their Under 23 squad on furlough – with manager Phillip Cocu and his backroom staff agreeing to deferrals to help the cause.

It comes as the Championship continues to grapple with a wage war following the revelation of massive wages paid to players and staff. On Monday a report showed that some physios were on £191,000, with some kit-men on £56,000 and the highest-earning player on £68,000 a week.



Fernandes reveals Ronaldo & Rooney played part in his Man Utd move

Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Manchester United’s rich history of boasting “the biggest stars in the world” helped to convince Bruno Fernandes to join the club, admits the Portuguese midfielder.

The Red Devils tied up a €55 million (£47m/$60m) agreement with Sporting for the 25-year-old during the winter transfer window.

Fernandes told the Red Devils’ official website: “You look in the past and when I’m younger, you look at the players who play for Manchester United and you see the biggest stars in the world.

“You see the best players in the world. You have players from everywhere and also, we talked a lot and I told you about Cristiano.

“I looked at Manchester with more interest when Cristiano was here because it’s normal when you have Portuguese players in some teams, you look at them more than other teams.

“But at that moment, I started to look at Manchester in a different way because you see Cristiano but then you see also the team and you have Scholes, you have Rooney, you have Giggs and you have [Roy] Keane, [Eric] Cantona before.

“You have a lot of players… I don’t know… [Ruud] van Nistelrooy… I can stay here for hours saying all the names of players for Manchester United. Also Nani, who’s played with me. You have big stars playing here!”

Fernandes has quickly become a talismanic presence for United, helping them to rediscover a spark under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and he is hoping to see further additions drafted in alongside him as an ambitious outfit seek to recapture former glories.


COVID-19: Footballers treated as ‘Pigs’ – Rooney criticise.

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Wayne Rooney says the government and football authorities have treated footballers as “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus outbreak.

Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April, with the Premier League saying “conditions at the time” will determine its return.

“For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week,” he said.

“One in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League.”

Writing in his column in the Sunday Times, the former England captain said: “The rest of sport – tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, football in other countries – was closing down and we were being told to carry on.

“I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money being involved in this?’. Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta [Arsenal manager] to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?

“After the emergency meeting, at last the right decision was made – until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs.

“I know how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I’ve had to play when it’s not safe, and they get seriously ill, I’d have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities.”

Now, 34 the former Everton and Manchester United player is just over two months into his time as a player-coach at Championship club Derby.

The Rams are currently five points off a play-off berth in the second tier with nine games of the season remaining, and Rooney believes there will have to be a radical restructure of the football calendar to allow fixtures to be fulfilled.

“We’re happy to play until September if the season extends to then, if that’s how it has to be. That’s our job,” Rooney added.

“As long as we know we’re safe to play and it’s a safe environment for spectators, we’ll play.

“The next World Cup is in November and December 2022, so you could actually use this situation as an opportunity and say we’re going to finish the 2019-20 season later this year, then prepare for 2022 by having the next two seasons starting in winter.”

Footballers’ messages of solidarity
World greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have led the way as footballers have sent their thoughts and best wishes to the world at large during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a post on Instagram, Messi said: “They are complicated days for everyone.

“We live worried about what is happening and we want to help putting ourselves in the place of those who are having the worst of it, either because it directly affected them or their family and friends, or because they are working on the frontline to combat it in hospitals and health centres.

“I want to send a lot of strength to all of them. Health must always come first. It is an exceptional moment and you must follow the instructions of both health organisations and public authorities.

“Only in this way can we combat it effectively. It is the time to be responsible and stay at home, it is also perfect to enjoy that time with yours that you can not always have. A hug and hopefully we can turn this situation around as soon as possible.”




I will follow Ronaldo, Rooney’s Footstep – Williams

...Brandon Williams

Manchester United newcomer, Brandon Williams has vowed to follow the footsteps of club legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, while looking forward to providing assistance to Marcus Rashford at the club.

The 19-year-old Manchester native grew up supporting the club that he now gets the chance to represent after graduating from a famed academy system at Old Trafford.

Williams is determined to make the most of that opportunity by contributing not only to defensive stability under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but also to the attacking efforts of those in front of him.

“It’s a really proud thing for me and my family,” Williams told United’s official website.

“I know what I’ve achieved but I want to keep on playing and play as many games as I can for this club.“In the position I play in, you need that energy and to be strong on the physical side of the game to get up and down the pitch, and also to help defend and attack.”

“Attacking is a big part of my game. I love driving forward and giving energy to the team and helping with our attacks. “When I make those runs, you might make a run for yourself with the ball or you might make a run for someone else by creating space for somebody like Marcus [Rashford], or whoever is on the wing, to go in there and create their magic.”

He intends to help make even more, with there a desire on his part to emulate the achievements of some iconic figures.

“We got tickets for pretty much every home game. So I was watching the likes of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo,” Williams added on his memories of Champions League glory in 2008.

”It shows you what the top level is like and you just want to play with these types of players.

Manchester United newcomer, Brandon Williams

“In 2008, I remember being at home [for the final] and my nana was telling me to go to bed but I was like: ‘I need to watch the penalties’ and, obviously, we all know what happened.

After making a step up into the senior ranks this season, Williams has taken in 15 appearances for United across all competitions.


Carlos tevez reveals how he got ridiculed at Man utd, express how Robert surprise him.

Argentine footballer, Carlos Tevez has revealed he was ridiculed at Manchester United because of the Audi car he was driving before one of his teammates gifted him a Lamborghini.

According to the 35-year-old striker, who spent two seasons at Manchester United after he joined them in 2007 from West Ham United, England and Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, handed over the keys to a Lamborghini when he discussed the situation with him.

Carlos Tevez reveals Rooney gave him his own Lamborghini when Man Utd team-mates teased him about driving an Audi

‘At Manchester United training, players would turn up with a Ferrari or a Lamborghini,’ Tevez told Marca. ‘Everyone, even the worst player, would have a Ferrari.’

‘I turned up in the Audi that the club gave you and they all bugged me about it, as if it was a Fiat 600. I spoke to Rooney and, the crazy guy that he is, he told me ‘take the Lamborghini’.

Tevez, who made sixty-three (63) appearances and scored 19 goals for the club, added: ‘I went, without registering, around Manchester with this car, he gave it to me.’

Tevez and Rooney amassed 72 goals between them in all competitions, winning the Champions League and back-to-back Premier League titles before the Argentine footballer, who now plays for Boca Juniors in Argentina made a shock switch to Manchester United’s cross-town rivals, Manchester City.