Derby closing in on £60m takeover, Rooney not considered as manager

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Rooney, who has been appointed as the interim manager for the game against Bristol City, is reportedly not being considered for the role of full-time manager should the £60m takeover happen.

Derby County are reportedly closing in on a £60m takeover by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, who is the cousin of billionaire and Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.

Wayne Rooney has been appointed the interim manager after the dismissal of Phillip Cocu, who had led the Rams to a disastrous start this season. Cocu was appointed the manager of Derby in the summer of 2019 and subsequently led his side to a 10th place in his debut season in Champions. But things haven’t gone in the way of the Dutch manager, who only managed to win only one out of 11 games.

Rooney has been informed that he would be the one taking charge for Derby’s next game and the former Manchester United thanked Cocu for his help.

Rooney said,

“Sorry Phillip and his staff have left. Want to thank him for all his help and encouragement. Most important thing now is to stabilise the club and start moving up the table.

“Have been [put in charge] for next Saturday’s match against Bristol City. The coaches and I will speak with the players on Monday.”

However, Rooney is said to be not favoured by the new owners as a full-time manager, and instead, they are sorting out a profile with the reputation of grooming up the young talents and experience in the top flight.