Wayne Rooney set to return to MLS as DC United manager, and a city his wife reportedly hates

Wayne Rooney set to return to MLS as DC United manager, and a city his wife reportedly hates
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Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney
Wayne Rooney is the new manager of DC United in MLS.Alastair Grant/AP
  • Wayne Rooney is returning to MLS as head coach of DC United, the team he played with for two seasons.

  • Coleen Rooney did not seem to enjoy her time in DC, calling it "not the best" and "behind the UK."

  • This time around, Coleen might not be going to the States as one friend says she "hates" the city.

Wayne Rooney is back in MLS and back with DC United, a move his wife is probably not too excited about.

The Manchester United legend is expected to be introduced as the next manager of DC United, according to several reports. The move will reunite Rooney with the club he played with for two seasons after leaving the Premier League.

The move also reunites Rooney with a city his wife did not seem to enjoy the first time around, and there is already speculation that the star of the Wagatha Christie trial may not join her husband in the US this time.

Rooney left DC United as a player in 2020 to join Derby County back in England as a player-manager despite having two years left on his contract in MLS. However, according to Pablo Maurer of The Athletic, "it was widely known, at the time, that his family were not the happiest in the DC area and were eager to return to the UK."

Later, text messages revealed during the "Wagatha Christie" trial, in which Rebekah Vardy sued Coleen Rooney for libel in the UK, showed that Coleen struggled to adjust to life in Washington DC.

"Washington isn't the best ... nice to visit but different to live," Rooney wrote to Vardy in 2018. "Not loads for the kids to do, mostly park, hardly any soft plays and things like that. It's quite behind the UK, which I never would have thought. But we will get used to it (I hope)."

Coleen Rooney, Rebekah Vardy
Coleen Rooney, Rebekah Vardy.Getty/Daniel Leak; Getty/Wiktor Szymanowicz

Another message revealed that Coleen "cried every night" in DC because she missed the UK so much.

Due to her first experience, it sounds like Wayne will have to live in DC without his family, according to the Daily Mail.

"She's made her views clear to Wayne," a source close to Coleen told the Dail Mail. "There's no way she will want to go to Washington. The last time, she absolutely hated it there. She doesn't want to live outside the North West of England, never mind live in Washington again. The family is more settled than it's ever been. They have four kids who are all in school, and all of Coleen's family live close to her ... There's no way that she'd want to give all of that up to go and live in a place she hates."

Coleen's dislike appears to be specific to DC and not the US, in general. At one point, the couple owned an apartment in Florida and were often seen vacationing in LA and Las Vegas. However, the family appears to be in a different stage of their lives at this point.

Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney in Las Vegas
Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney in Las Vegas.Splash TV

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