Rooney named permanent Derby coach

English Premier League

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has been named the Derby County manager on a permanent basis after announcing his retirement from professional football.

Rooney initially joined the Championship outfit on a player/coach role before the start of last season.

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The 35-year-old then took charge of the team on interim basis following Philip Cocu's departure, but has now been given the job permanently.

"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," Rooney told the club's official website.

“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 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.”

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