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Wayne Rooney steps down as Derby County manager

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Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has stepped down as Derby County manager after less than two years in charge.

The 36-year-old gaffer parted ways with the club amid uncertainties over its ownership and financial woes.

In a statement on Friday, Rooney noted that the administrators of Derby County tried to convince him to stay, but his mind was already made up.

He added that he believes the club “needs to be led by someone with fresh energy”.

“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,” the former England striker told the club’s website.

“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.

“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.”

A spokesperson on behalf of the joint administrators of Derby County Football Club said they are extremely grateful to Rooney for his excellent work in the face of challenging on-field circumstances in the 2021/22 season and admire the manner in which he has led the team, the club and the local community through various off-field issues.

Derby County faced relegation to League One last season after they received a 12-point deduction for entering administration in September, followed by a nine-point penalty for breaching EFL accounting rules.

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