LONDON-(MaraviPost)-England and Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney was on Friday confirmed as head coach of Championship club, Derby,

Rooney has been in charge of the Rams on an interim basis since Phillip Cocu was sacked in November.

Rooney oversaw nine matches in total, recording a return of three victories and four draws along the way, between the end of November and early January.

Announcing the news, Derby County’s Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce said: “We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager.

“Our recent upturn in results under Wayne was married together with some positive performances, notably the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-0 victory at Birmingham City.

“During that nine-game run we also dramatically improved their defensive record and registered five clean sheets in the process, while in the attacking third we became more effective and ruthless too.

“Those foundations have provided a platform for the club to build on in the second half of the season under Wayne’s guidance.”

Rooney said: “When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. The Stadium, Training Ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.

“Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.

“To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.”

Rooney’s first game as Derby’s new permanent manager will be Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship home game against Rotherham United.

Source: www.expressiveinfo.com

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