Wayne Rooney 'lined up for shock return to management with DC United' after Man Utd legend's Derby exit | The Sun

WAYNE ROONEY could be set for a quick return to management – less than a month after leaving Derby County.

The England legend quit Pride Park late last month following the club's relegation to League One, admitting they needed someone with "fresh energy" to lead them.



But Rooney is reportedly in contention to be back in the dugout with MLS big boys DC United.

That's according to The Daily Mail, who claim the Americans are considering replacing sacked coach Hernan Losada with the out-of-work Rooney.

DC – who are toiling in 13th place in the Eastern Conference – are currently being managed by interim boss Chad Ashton.

And the board are said to be keen on appointing a permanent manager who will give the team "fresh impetus" as soon as possible.

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The appointment of Rooney would do just that as the former Manchester United man is beloved by fans of the club.

Rooney spent two years at Audi Field, scoring 25 goals and providing 14 assists in 52 appearances for the Black and Red.

Although he enjoyed success on the pitch, Rooney's family struggled to settle in America – which ultimately led to him leaving the States.

Rooney signed for Derby as a player after his American adventure, scoring seven goals and providing three assists in 35 appearances for the Rams.

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The 38-year-old took interim charge of the club in November 2020 after the sacking of Philip Cocu and was eventually appointed as permanent manager in 2021.

Derby were deducted a whopping 21 points last season for numerous EFL rule breaches, which ultimately led to their relegation.

In his departure statement, Rooney said: "Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County.

"Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club.

"In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

"My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.

"Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months.

"I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, 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.

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"Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club.

"To them, I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future."

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