Derby County appoint Wayne Rooney as replacement after Man Utd legend leaves crisis club
England legend Rooney quit his role as Derby boss on Friday after a turbulent 17 months that saw the club go into administration, endure a long takeover saga and then be relegated to League One.
Liam Rosenior has been confirmed as Derby County’s new caretaker manager, just two days after former head coach Wayne Rooney left the club.
Rosenior has been at Pride Park since 2019, working alongside former manager Phillip Cocu before becoming Rooney’s assistant after the former England skipper was appointed on a permanent basis at the start of 2021.
Rosenior has now been confirmed as the Rams’ interim boss. A statement on Derby’s website read: “Liam Rosenior has been appointed as interim Derby County manager. Derby players will return to Moor Farm training ground on Monday morning to begin pre-season training and Rosenior will lead the preparations for the upcoming 2022/23 Ligue 1 campaign.
“Rosenior, 37, will be supported by the existing first-team back room staff. Rosenior has spent the last three years with the Derby coaching staff, first as a specialist coach at the first team before becoming assistant manager under former manager Wayne Rooney midway through the 2020/21 campaign.”
It’s unclear how long Rosenior will be in charge, given that his appointment is only for the interim. He was linked with the vacancy at Blackpool earlier this month before Michael Appleton was appointed by the Championship club.
Rooney, who left Derby on Friday, released a lengthy statement confirming his exit. He wrote: “Over the summer I have been closely following developments regarding Derby County property.
“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. To be fair to them, they tried very hard to change my decision, but my decision was taken. My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, with ups and downs, but I have to say I enjoyed the challenge. Personally, I think the club now needs to be run by someone with new energy and unaffected by the events that have transpired over the past eighteen months.
“I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all of my staff, my 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 want to take over the management of the club. I tell them this, Derby County are a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and many success for the future.”
Derby were relegated from the Championship last season after a horror campaign that saw them go into administration, hit with a transfer embargo and endure a long takeover saga.
Next season they will play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1986 and uncertainty remains over their future, although news of Rosenior came just before it was announced that the local businessman David Clowes has accepted his offer to buy Derby. Clowes, a longtime supporter of the club, hopes to complete the purchase on Wednesday.
County start the season at home to Oxford on July 30.