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Breaking: Wayne Rooney steps down as Derby County boss

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The English manager leaves the Rams amid uncertainty over the club’s ownership.

Wayne Rooney has announced his decision to step down as Derby County’s manager.

Following his retirement as a player, Rooney took charge at Derby County amid their struggles to remain in the Championship.

The English FA handed the club a 21-point deduction for breaching EFL accounting rules, making it harder for them to avoid relegation.

The Rams finished the season with 34 points, but that wasn’t enough to keep them in the Championship. With uncertainties over the club’s ownership intensifying in recent days, Rooney has decided to quit his job.

Speaking to the club’s website, the Manchester United legend said: “Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. 

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“In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.

“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months.

I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection. I would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support, I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.

“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club. To them I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.”

Local businessman David Clowes is currently in pole position to take over the club ahead of the next season. Derby will start their 2022-22 League One campaign with a match against Oxford United on July 30.