LONDON (UK) – Former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has decided to quit his playing career after being named as manager of Derby County, the Championship club said on Friday.
The 35-year-old had been managing the club on an interim basis while continuing to play. He has, however, decided to concentrate on the role full-time.
“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,” Rooney said in a statement.
“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.”