SPORTS Rooney ends playing career to become full-time Derby boss

SPORTS

Rooney ends playing career to become full-time Derby boss

AFP

21:55, January 15, 2021

Derby County's English striker Wayne Rooney reacts during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Derby County and Manchester United at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, central England on March 5, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

Wayne Rooney has ended his illustrious playing career to take up a job as full-time Derby manager, the Championship club announced on Friday.

Derby confirmed the 35-year-old former Manchester United and England forward had agreed a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager's role, Rooney had "elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job".

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