A return to England? Wayne Rooney in talks with Derby County over player-coach role

Wayne Rooney is looking to return to England in a stint with Derby County as a player and coach.

The former England captain and Manchester United legend is currently playing his professional soccer with DC United in the MLS where he has one year left on his contract.

Rooney has enjoyed a good spell in the MLS, scoring 23 goals and assisting 14 over 43 matches while single-handedly leading United into the playoffs last year.

 

Coach Rooney?

Derby owner Mel Morris is keen to follow-up the success Rams enjoyed with former Premier League star turned coach Frank Lampard. Lampard left his managerial role last July to coach former club Chelsea.

It comes as no surprise Rooney wants to start building up experience for a future managerial role. “I’m taking the steps to get my badges completed,” Rooney said this summer, “and when I finish playing I’ll see what opportunities come up.”

“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.”

According to the Washington Post, Burnley are also interested in hiring the former Premier League striker.

Should Rooney seize the opportunity, he’d be take up a similar assistant role as fellow England international John Terry at Aston Villa.

A player-coach role under Derby coach Phillip Cocu would offer 33-year Rooney a prime chance to wear out his boots while working on developing his coaching skills with the younger players.

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