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Rooney gets new role after Derby sack manager Phillip Cocu

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has taken another step towards management after Derby County parted company with boss Phillip Cocu.
United’s all-time top scorer Rooney was player-coach under Cocu, who has left the Rams “by mutual consent” along with assistant manager Chris van der Weerden and specialist first-team coach Twan Scheepers.
Derby are bottom of the Championship table, with only one win and six points from their opening 11 games. Derby weren’t in action this weekend due to the international break.
Following Cocu’s departure, Derby have confirmed Rooney will form part of the interim management team ahead of next weekend’s clash with Bristol City.
The former United and Everton star is to be joined by coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker.
Rooney said in a statement: “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.
“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.
“The coaches and I will speak with the players on Monday.”
Announcing Cocu’s exit, the Rams said: “The club would like to place on record its appreciation for the way Phillip and his staff conducted themselves in what were some extremely challenging situations during his tenure.
“Phillip and his staff helped develop and establish a considerable number of Academy players into the first team squad and Phillip made significant financial contributions and personal efforts towards the club’s community projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, which the club are extremely grateful for.
“Derby County wishes to thank Phillip, Chris and Twan for their hard work and dedication over the last 16 months and wish them every success in their future careers.

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