Wayne Rooney Leaves Derby County After Turbulent Summer

England's highest ever goal scorer is leaving Pride Park
17:39, 24 Jun 2022

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has announced he is leaving the club after a summer of turmoil in regards to the ownership. Rooney did a remarkable job last season even if Derby were relegated to League One, as his team fought bravely with a 21-point deduction and off-the-field issues. 

“Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County,” he said in a statement. 

“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

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“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.

“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months. 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.

“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 kept the club in the Championship in 2020-21 as he leapt into first-team management, and his managerial performances have caught the eye. With a hastily put together squad, he nearly kept the Rams up again, but it seems as if this time the ownership issues have proved too much.

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Rooney was linked with the Burnley job, that Vincent Kompany got, and his CV has been enhanced by his performance at Derby.

A spokesperson on behalf of the joint administrators of Derby County Football Club (“The Club”) responded: “The joint administrators are very disappointed that Wayne has taken the difficult decision to leave the club and we have spent some time today trying to persuade him to stay but understand his reasons for wanting to go. We are extremely grateful to him for his excellent work in the face of challenging on-field circumstances in the 2021/22 season and admire the manner in which he has led the team, the club and the local community through various off-field issues.

“The joint administrators recognise that staff and supporters will be frustrated and equally disappointed by this news, but we all wish him, his wife Coleen and their four boys every success in the future and we are sure they will always be welcomed back.

“All parties recognise the need to conclude a sale of the business and assets of the Club, as a matter of urgency and the joint administrators wish to reconfirm that Wayne’s departure will not affect those ongoing, positive discussions.” 

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