Ferguson backs Rooney to succeed as Derby coach

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Former Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney’s knowledge of the beautiful game and presence will serve him well in his new role as Derby County’s boss.

However, but Ferguson cautioned his former striker that management is all about getting the desired results.

Rooney, who is a former England and Man United striker called time on his illustrious playing career and was named manager of Championship (second-tier) side Derby on Friday, having been interim boss following Dutchman Phillip Cocu’s departure.

Speaking during an event for Sports United Against Dementia, Ferguson said it was important Rooney took the next step in his career.

“He’s England’s top goal-scorer, he’s Manchester United’s top goal-scorer and he’s had a fantastic career as a player. It’ll give him a starting point,” said Ferguson, who led Man United to 13 Premier League titles.

“But it’s a results industry and you need to get results. He’ll know that better than anyone. He’s had a good start… and he has knowledge of the game, a presence about him, and I hope he does well.

“It’s a big step for him. He’s quite a wealthy young man now with his career in football, so he probably doesn’t need to go into management to look after his family. But he wants to do it and that’s important.

“There’s no point being a manager because someone asks you to be. He went there as a player-coach, he then became player-manager and now he has the manager’s job and that’s what he wanted. Hopefully, he does well.”

Derby, who are 22nd in the 24-team Championship, host Rotherham on Saturday.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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