Wayne Rooney announced as Derby County manager on permanent basis

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Wayne Rooney - Wayne Rooney announced as Derby County manager on permanent basis - GETTY IMAGES
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Wayne Rooney has been appointed as Derby's manager on a permanent basis.

The Championship club announced the 35-year-old former England striker had signed a contract until the summer of 2023 and has also announced his retirement as a player.

The club's chief executive Stephen Pearce said in a statement: "We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager."

Rooney has been in charge of Derby on an interim basis since Dutch managr Phillip Cocu was sacked in November. The club said in taking up the position on a permanent basis, Rooney "has elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job".

The club also confirmed that Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker would retain their positions as part of Rooney's backroom staff.

"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," Pearce added.

"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's playing career in numbers
Rooney's playing career in numbers