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Wayne Rooney is confirmed as permanent Derby County boss

Wayne Rooney has been officially confirmed as the new manager of Derby County.

The 35-year-old has been in caretaker charge since the departure of Phillip Cocu in November, overseeing three wins and four draws in his nine games at the helm. He has signed a two-and-a-half year deal.

He will be assisted by current Rams coach Liam Rosenior, with Rooney also opting to end his playing career which saw him star for England, Manchester United, Everton and DC United before joining Derby in 2019.

Rooney said: “When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. The stadium, training ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.

“Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.

"To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone in involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.”

Wayne Rooney has overseen an upturn in form since taking temporary charge. Photo: Derby County FC.

Derby County’s chief executive officer Stephen Pearce said: “We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager.

“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.

“During that nine-game run we also dramatically improved the 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.”

Shay Given will continue on the coaching staff as first team coach, with Justin Walker remaining first team development coach and Jason Pearcey being first team goalkeeping coach, having previously held that role with the academy.

Rooney's first game in permanent charge will be the visit of Rotherham United to Pride Park on Saturday (16th), kick-off 3pm.