Derby County manager Wayne Rooney reportedly left the club. He felt that the club needed a new mentor to move forward after being relegated to League One last season. Although he has another year’s contract with Derby, he wanted to be relieved of his duties as first-team manager and wished all the best for the club.
“I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by events that have happened over the last 18 months,” he said.
“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge,” Wayne Rooney added.
“I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.”
“I wish you all the best and much success for the future.”
Manchester United and England legend Rooney won rave reviews in charge of the Rams last season. He almost kept the club in the Championship despite starting the season with a 12-point deduction.
The administration tried to change his mind, but he insisted the club would need more attention and was aware that he could not fulfil the role any longer.
Following the collapse of US businessman Chris Kirchner’s takeover plans, property developer David Clowes set to buy the club. According to BBC, the latter has already purchased Derby’s Pride Park stadium. Meanwhile, his company Clowes Developments (UK) Ltd, provided a loan to Derby to meet finances next season.
“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club. To them I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future”, Rooney added.