Wayne Rooney is reportedly in line for a shock return to English football with Championship side Derby County in a player/coach role.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Rooney, who has spent the last year in the MLS with DC United, is considering joining the Rams as both a player and as a part of Phillip Cocu’s coaching staff.
The report outlines that Derby owner Mel Morris is keen on bringing another high profile ex-England player to the Rams part of the coaching staff and early talks have taken place between Rooney’s agent and the club with further discussions planned.
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) August 5, 2019
The 33-year old is contracted to DC United until next year and has impressed during his time in the MLS scoring 23 goals in 42 games over the course of two seasons.
A move to the iPro for Rooney would be another logical step in his transition towards management, something that he has expressed a desire to move into, mentioning in June that he has had offers from clubs in both England and the USA.
“I’m taking the steps to get my badges completed and when I finish playing I’ll see what opportunities come up,” Rooney said.
“There’s already offers which have been made, but at the minute I’m still a player and I want to enjoy playing, and then I’ll see which offers are right when I do finish.”
“There’s an opportunity for me to go into management straight away and when I do hang my boots up, that decision will be made on what the ambition of the club is first of all, and what my ambitions are and what’s right for both myself and that particular team.”