Scottish Daily Mail

ROONEY IS READY TO HANG UP HIS BOOTS

- By TOM COL­LO­MOSSE Sports · Derby County F.C. · Notts County F.C. · Derbyshire · England · England national football team · High Wycombe · Wycombe Wanderers F.C. · Shay Given · Liam Rosenior · Justin Walker

WAYNE ROONEY is ready to call time on his 18-year play­ing ca­reer if he is ap­pointed Derby County’s per­ma­nent man­ager. Eng­land’s record goalscorer will over­see to­day’s home game against Wy­combe af­ter be­ing pro­moted to lead the in­terim coach­ing team that in­cludes Shay Given, Liam Rose­nior and Justin Walker. Although Rooney — who ex­pects Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Ne­hayan to com­plete his £60mil­lion takeover at Derby next week — stopped short of an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment as a player, he made it clear he did not be­lieve he could per­form both roles at the same time. That means if he wins the race to be the new boss, which is far from cer­tain, he will stop play­ing. ‘That pos­si­bil­ity (of re­tir­ing as a player) is there, of course,’ said Rooney. ‘I want to do this job and I want to go into man­age­ment. ‘If I man­age the team long-term, I don’t feel it is pos­si­ble to man­age and play. If I’m not man­ag­ing the team, I will con­tinue to play. ‘Right now, though, the fo­cus is on the game against Wy­combe. The new own­ers aren’t here yet, but they are days away from fi­nal­is­ing, so I’m fo­cus­ing on the team. I’m sure I’ll be able to an­swer th­ese ques­tions bet­ter in the near fu­ture.’

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