Wayne Rooney: Derby job in my ambitions but coaches are working together for now

Wayne Rooney has confirmed his desire to take the Derby manager’s job full-time.

Following Phillip Cocu’s dismissal last week, Derby captain Rooney is currently collaborating with coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker to lead training and decide the team selection for Saturday’s game at Bristol City.

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Rooney has made no secret that management is what attracted him to the player-coach role at Derby, which he has been doing since December last year.

“I’m ambitious, of course I want to go into management,” Rooney said. “I wouldn’t be an ambitious person if I sat here and said I didn’t want the job.

“Right now, there’s an opportunity for the four of us here to try and lead this team, for however long that is. It’s an opportunity for us to show the different ideas we’ve got and get this team back on track.

“It’s been a strange week. We have to say a big thank you to Phillip, I’ve learned a lot in my first coaching role here.

“But, I think the change was needed. We’ve not had a great run of form and it’s an opportunity for myself, Liam, Justin and Shay to bring some new ideas and almost a new identity to the team.”

Rooney has played under some of the most successful managers in world football and says he plans to use some of what he has learned from them to his style as a coach.

“I’ve worked with some very good managers and possibly with the greatest manager of all time,” Rooney said.

“I can’t say I’m going to do it the way Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho did it because you have to work to the players you’ve got.

“There’s things you can take from different managers and things I’ve learned throughout the years, I’ll be doing that.”

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