The Derby County Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne Rooney as the club’s new manager.
The 35-year-old will run on a two-and-a-half-year contract until the summer of 2023.
Rooney offered to lead Derby’s coaching staff at the end of November after former manager Philip Goku left the club earlier that month.
He is backed by fellow coaches Liam Rosenier, Shay Given and Justin Walker, who will continue to hold their positions as Rooney’s staff progresses.
Rosner will take over as assistant manager, while at the same time taking over as coach of the first team given. Walker will continue as first team development coach, while academy goalkeeping coach Jason Pierce has been appointed as the club’s first team goalkeeping coach.
Steve McLaren will continue to assume the duties of Technical Director and Advisor to the Board of Directors.
Rooney oversaw a total of nine games, recording three wins and four tracks from late November to early January.
In line with accepting the executive position, Rooney has chosen to call time in his illustrious sporting career to focus fully on his work.
The all-time leading scorer for England and Manchester United, with more than 700 professional appearances to his name, joined Derby in January 2020 and appeared on the Rams shirt on 35 occasions.
Stephen Pierce, CEO of Derby County, said: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager.
“Our recent improvements under Wayne have been married to some positive performances, especially the 2-0 win over Swansea City and the 4-0 win over Birmingham.
“During that nine game run, we dramatically improved their defensive record and recorded five clean sheets, while on the third attack we became very effective and ruthless.
“Those foundations provided a platform to build the club in the second half of the season under Wayne’s guidance.”
Rooney said: “When I first came to the United Kingdom, I was completely blown away by the energy of the Derby County Football Club.
“Despite other perks, I naturally know that Derby County is the place for me.
“It’s such an honor to be given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Brian Gloff, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Philip Goku.
Rooney’s first game as Derby’s permanent permanent manager will be at the Rotherham United home (3pm kick-off) for the Sky Pet Championship on Saturday.