Wayne Rooney should take note of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in first management job

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I love Wayne Rooney as a character and as a player.

Yes, he has been volatile at times, but that has just shown how much he loves our game.

As a manager, though, I’m struggling to see it… unless he surrounds himself with ­absolutely the right people to bounce off.

The slight doubt I have is because I’m just not ­convinced he’s savvy enough to be able to communicate ­effectively with the three most volatile groups of people he’ll need to communicate with in the same way his peers, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, have already shown they can.

Players, owners and, most crucially, supporters can make or break you over a poorly ­executed press conference, let alone what happens on the pitch. And my concern for Rooney as a manager is that it wouldn’t take long for ­something to erupt in one of those areas.

Rooney is a member of Derby's four-man interim management team
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So, cards on the table, I’m sceptical about whether he’ll make a good boss for Derby if the club’s ­prospective new owner does hand him the reins on a ­permanent basis.

But despite that, and despite the fact I will forever be a proud Red Dog, in the past day or so I’ve started to change my mind and would love to see him prove me wrong.

I know Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, well because he was my agent and his philosophy and mantra has always been that if he can’t do something, he’ll get someone in who can.

And if he and Rooney are cute enough and make sure he has the right team around him then, do you know what, I’d much rather he be given a chance than the likes of Sam ­Allardyce or even Eddie Howe.

Does Wayne Rooney have what it takes to embark on a successful management career? Have your say here.

Rooney takes over after Phillip Cocu was sacked at the weekend
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Liam Rosenior, who is ­already on the ­coaching staff at Pride Park, would work ­perfectly with Rooney. He proved ­during his career, and ­subsequently as a pundit, that he has a ­wonderful ability to ­communicate clearly and without controversy.

The fact he is a bright, young coach, who can be a sensible post-match voice and a trusted lieutenant, makes him an absolute must.

Rooney is also understood to want Darren Fletcher alongside him if, or when, he does become a manager and that would work too.

So, during this audition ­period, I want to see Rooney being bold and showing he can take his lead on that front from the way Lampard and Gerrard have been conducting themselves and their teams.

Both have put their desire and philosophies forward clearly and both have an ­absolute belief in what they are doing. So I want to know what Rooney’s ­philosophy is and what sort of manager
he will be.

Will he be the carrot or stick kind? And can he deliver a plan to fans and the right information to players?

What we know already is that, just like Kai Havertz and Timo Werner joined Chelsea because they wanted to work for Lampard, players in the 16 to 26 age range will want to work with Rooney.

I hope Derby give it a go and it will be fascinating to see if Rooney – who learned from ­arguably the best ­manager there has been in Sir Alex ­Ferguson – really does have the tools to succeed as a boss in the same way he succeeded as a player.

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