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Wayne Rooney Quits As Derby County Manager

Even though Derby appears to be finally on the verge of exiting administration, Wayne Rooney has left the insolvent team.

Three days before the Rams were scheduled to report for preseason practice, England’s all-time leading scorer left the country. On Friday night, local real estate company Clowes Developments submitted a proposal to purchase the team after acquiring Pride Park from outgoing owner Mel Morris. Rooney’s lucrative contract had one year left.

The future of Rooney, who had been in control permanently since January 2021, was seriously questioned when US investor Chris Kirchner’s proposed takeover of Derby fell through, as Sportsmail revealed on June 13.

Veteran defender Curtis Davies praised Rooney’s assistant Liam Rosenior for stepping up and referred to it as “another bombshell in the life of Derby County.”

Even though he said they tried “tremendously hard” to convince him otherwise, Rooney notified administrators Quantuma last night and made clear that he would not change his mind.

Despite the highs and lows of his tenure at the club, he continued, “I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.”

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“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months. I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and, of course, the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.

‘Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club. To them, I say this: Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.’

Along with Clowes, another bid for the team has been made by a group led by former Rams chairman Andy Appleby, while former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been considering it all along. But Clowes seems to be in the lead right now.

The hiring of a management will be one of the new owners’ initial tasks. With only five first-team players now under contract, Rosenior will oversee practice on Monday. In addition to his outstanding coaching abilities and tactical acumen, Rosenior may be seen by new owners as a wise choice given his familiarity with the team and players at all levels.

In his first season, Rooney kept Derby in the Championship, and he did a great job last year, keeping the team cohesive and competitive despite deductions of 21 points (12 for going into administration and 9 for prior financial violations) and numerous setbacks off the field. His reputation as a manager was improved despite being demoted.

The future of Rooney, who had supported the American, appeared assured when Kirchner was named preferred bidder in April. Rooney is believed to have been quite devastated when Kirchner left the scene, and it then seemed just a matter of time before he would go.

Rooney is thought to have felt empowered to do this because new owners were on the horizon. His pay would have been easily the highest in League One had he stayed.

Davies added: ‘The only person I can see to take charge is Liam Rosenior. He is part of the fabric of what we did last year. He would be the man I would put forward.

‘Now it’s time for everyone involved with derby to stick together and pull together in the right direction.’

A statement from Quantuma read: ‘The joint administrators are very disappointed that Wayne has taken the difficult decision to leave the club, and we have spent some time today trying to persuade him to stay but understand his reasons for wanting to go.’

A Clowes representative added: ‘We thank Wayne Rooney for the time he served Derby County.’

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Even though Derby appears to be finally on the verge of exiting administration, Wayne Rooney has left the insolvent team.

Three days before the Rams were scheduled to report for preseason practice, England’s all-time leading scorer left the country. On Friday night, local real estate company Clowes Developments submitted a proposal to purchase the team after acquiring Pride Park from outgoing owner Mel Morris. Rooney’s lucrative contract had one year left.

The future of Rooney, who had been in control permanently since January 2021, was seriously questioned when US investor Chris Kirchner’s proposed takeover of Derby fell through, as Sportsmail revealed on June 13.

Veteran defender Curtis Davies praised Rooney’s assistant Liam Rosenior for stepping up and referred to it as “another bombshell in the life of Derby County.”

Even though he said they tried “tremendously hard” to convince him otherwise, Rooney notified administrators Quantuma last night and made clear that he would not change his mind.

Despite the highs and lows of his tenure at the club, he continued, “I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.”

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“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months. I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and, of course, the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.

‘Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club. To them, I say this: Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.’

Along with Clowes, another bid for the team has been made by a group led by former Rams chairman Andy Appleby, while former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been considering it all along. But Clowes seems to be in the lead right now.

The hiring of a management will be one of the new owners’ initial tasks. With only five first-team players now under contract, Rosenior will oversee practice on Monday. In addition to his outstanding coaching abilities and tactical acumen, Rosenior may be seen by new owners as a wise choice given his familiarity with the team and players at all levels.

In his first season, Rooney kept Derby in the Championship, and he did a great job last year, keeping the team cohesive and competitive despite deductions of 21 points (12 for going into administration and 9 for prior financial violations) and numerous setbacks off the field. His reputation as a manager was improved despite being demoted.

The future of Rooney, who had supported the American, appeared assured when Kirchner was named preferred bidder in April. Rooney is believed to have been quite devastated when Kirchner left the scene, and it then seemed just a matter of time before he would go.

Rooney is thought to have felt empowered to do this because new owners were on the horizon. His pay would have been easily the highest in League One had he stayed.

Davies added: ‘The only person I can see to take charge is Liam Rosenior. He is part of the fabric of what we did last year. He would be the man I would put forward.

‘Now it’s time for everyone involved with derby to stick together and pull together in the right direction.’

A statement from Quantuma read: ‘The joint administrators are very disappointed that Wayne has taken the difficult decision to leave the club, and we have spent some time today trying to persuade him to stay but understand his reasons for wanting to go.’

A Clowes representative added: ‘We thank Wayne Rooney for the time he served Derby County.’

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