Wayne Rooney reveals he may have played the last game of his career as he admitted he was ready to retire and become a full-time manager.
- Wayne Rooney will retire as the next manager of the derby
- The interim manager promoted him to head the team this weekend
- The fact that Rooney will succeed Philip Coke is far from certain
- The derby is being sought to acquire $ 60 million from the Abu Dhabi royal family
Wayne Rooney is ready to call the time on his 18-year playing field if he is appointed permanent manager of Derby County.
The England goal-scorer will oversee the home game against Wycombe after being promoted to lead the interim coaching team.
Rooney, who expects Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan to complete his $ 60 million acquisition next week, has announced his retirement as a player, but has made it clear he does not believe he can do both roles at the same time.
Wayne Rooney seems ready to call time on his playing field to focus on management
Rooney is in the frame to become a full-time successor after parting ways with Derby ‘Philippe Coke
That means if he wins the race to become the new boss, it’s not a determination, it will end the days he plays. ‘
That possibility (retiring as a player) is definitely there, ‘said Rooney. ‘If I manage the team for a long time, I don’t think I can manage and play.
‘If I do not manage the team, I will continue to play, but if you ask me to manage the team on a full-time basis, it will be the end of my playing days.
Rooney has scored just one goal in 10 league games for the Rock-Boater Derby this season
Rooney, who made his debut for England in Euro 2004, became his country’s leading scorer
The new owners are not here yet, but they are only days away from being finalized, so I need to focus on the team. I am sure I will be able to answer these questions better in the near future.
‘Management is what I want to do, I see what I do. Saturday was the right decision not to focus my entire attention on managing the team by participating in the game.
We all do our best to help Derby get out of this mess.
Having scored just six points from their first 13 games, the Derby are at the bottom of the championship and need to quickly revive their fortunes.
Rooney also became United’s record goal scorer. He also won five Premier League titles
England all-time leading goalscorer to retire from Derby
Rooney has lost to Bristol City and Middlesbrough in his last two matches as joint caretaker.
Rooney added: ‘We discussed this, we felt it needed more than four voices, we decided I was the best man to do it, so I would be responsible for choosing the team. We need to look like our season is starting now.
‘My message to the players is to go and have fun.’