Former England player Wayne Rooney resigns as manager of Derby

Wayne Rooney has resigned as Derby County manager . Rooney was unable to keep Derby in the Championship last season .

Wayne Rooney, a former Manchester United and England star, has resigned as Derby manager as the club prepares for their third season in a 36-year span.Last season, Rooney was unable to keep Derby in the Championship after being hit with a 21-point reduction as punishment for financial problems.Rooney kept Derby in contention in his first managerial role to avoid relegation in the final weeks of the season.The 36-year-old's valiant attempt suggested that he would lead Derby to promotion from League One next season.

According to a club statement, Wayne Rooney has informed Derby County Football Club that he wishes to be relieved of his duties as first team manager with immediate effect.Rooney, Manchester United's all-time leading scorer, took over at Derby in 2020 and had a year to finish his contract.Since receiving widespread praise for his work at Derby, the former England captain was linked with a moving return to Everton as manager last season.I have been following developments regarding Derby County's ownership closely over the summer, he said.

They tried my hardest to reverse my decision, but in fairness to them, my mind was made up.My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both high and low, but I must admit that I have enjoyed the challenge.Last week, confidence in Derby's future soared when American businessman Chris Kirchner withdrawn his bid to purchase the club.However, the sale of Pride Park to local property developer David Clowes, who wants to complete a takeover, has calmed fears that the club could go bankrupt.

Personally, I think the club needs to be led by someone with more energy and not affected by the events that have taken place over the past 18 months, he said.I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and admiration, and I want to thank all of my employees, players, and of course the fans for their unmatched help.I will always remember you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.