Wayne Rooney takes interim manager’s job at Derby after Phillip Cocu sacked
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Wayne Rooney has taken charge of Derby on an interim basis following Phillip Cocu's dismissal.
The Dutchman was given his marching orders on Saturday night with the Rams bottom of the Championship.
Rooney is player-coach at Derby and will assume the reigns for next Saturday's game against Bristol City, alongside fellow coaches Justin Walker, Shay Given and Liam Rosenior.
The former Manchester United man is not in the running to be given the job on a permanent basis however.
Derby are seeking a manager who has experience of promotion, can improve young players and is readily available.
Wayne Rooney will be in charge for Derby's next outing
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Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is on the shortlist as is Roberto Di Matteo, Brian McDermott and Nigel Adkins.
Derby's only win this term came at Norwich when a late Rooney free-kick earned them the three points at Carrow Road.
And the Rams star has released a statement himself saying: "I am sorry that Phillip and his staff have left the club. I want to thank him personally for all his help and encouragement as part of his coaching staff.
"The most important thing now is to stabilise the club and start moving up the table.
"I've been asked to be part of the coaching staff to help the team's preparation for next Saturday's vital match against Bristol City.
"The coaches and I will speak with the players on Monday."
The striker spent time learning under the Dutch coach
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Cocu's assistant-manager Chris van der Weerden and first team coach Twan Scheepers have joined him in leaving Pride Park.
Rooney moved to Derby from MLS outfit DC United in 2020 with the ambition of getting into coaching.
Former England team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have both begun forging impressive careers in the dugout and Rooney is hoping to do likewise.
He said previously:"It is the right time for young English managers to step forward.
"It is a shame when you see players who have had careers like mine, when they have been footballers from a young age, you see them finish and just walk away from the game."
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