Rooney lands co-head coaching role

English Premier League

Former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been named as one of the co-coaches at EFL Championship side Derby County.

On Sunday, Derby announced that manager Phillip Cocu had been relieved of his duties at the club, with player-coach Rooney set to assume responsibility for the top job in his place alongside Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker.

"I am sorry that Phillip and his staff have left the club. I want to thank him personally for all his help and encouragement as part of his coaching staff," Rooney said following the announcement, per Manchester Evening News.

"The most important thing now is to stabilise the club and start moving up the table. I've been asked to be part of the coaching staff to help the team's preparation for next Saturday's vital match against Bristol City."

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Rooney's appointment at Pride Park Stadium represents his latest step towards full-time management after he joined the Rams as a player-coach from Major League Soccer side DC United in January.

Derby are currently rock-bottom of the Championship standings after recording just one victory from their opening 11 matches of the campaign.

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