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‘This is a big club, it WILL bounce back’: Statesman Wayne Rooney ready to take on the toughest challenge of his career as he looks to guide Derby through a ‘devastating’ administration process

  • Wayne Rooney is ready to help Derby through his torrid administration process
  • England record scorer said crisis is ‘devastating’ for club staff
  • But he added that Derby is ‘a big club’ that can ‘rebound’ from the turmoil
  • Derby still battling a second charge of spending violations











In times of crisis, people seek leadership. As Derby County is in charge of the administration and those responsible are nowhere to be seen, they need England’s record scorer to guide them through one of the darkest moments in their history – and Wayne Rooney has made an impressive start to the toughest challenge of his career.

For much of the last two decades, Rooney began the week looking forward to playing for Manchester United in the Champions League.

After leading Derby to a 2-1 win over Stoke on Saturday, he now anticipates meetings with drivers and discussions with staffers fearing for their livelihoods. He hasn’t heard from owner Mel Morris in a while.

Manager Wayne Rooney has said Derby could ‘bounce back’ to go into administration

“With what I expect to happen to some of the staff, it’s devastating,” Rooney said. “Because they are good people who work very hard for this club. Hopefully we can attract new investors as soon as possible and try to get some stability.

“It is a plus that the administration has been done now and not in January. We now have a few months to try and bring in some investors. When we come in January, the admins can sell my players and there’s nothing I can do about it. That will be very hard, a hard one to take.

“This is a big club. It will bounce back. So we need to be strong, resilient and stick together.

“I wouldn’t forgive myself if I walked away because I ask the players to sacrifice a lot and give everything. So it’s just not in my nature to leave them and walk out.’

Despite all the turmoil, Rooney helped Derby to a 2-1 win over Stoke on Saturday

Despite all the turmoil, Rooney helped Derby to a 2-1 win over Stoke on Saturday

Derby is still battling a second charge with the EFL, related to spending rule violations, which could result in a further nine penalty points. They also face the threat of a two-year transfer embargo.

This weekend, Rooney showed a side of his personality that few have seen in public. He spoke from the heart, as opposed to the clumsy, insensitive language the club’s directors used in their statement on Friday, announcing that Derby would go into administration.

Rooney revealed that when speaking to the players ahead of the Stoke match, he emphasized the date – 18 September 2021 – in the hopes that it would prove a turning point in the club’s history.

It clearly worked, as the Rams produced their best performance of the season. Goals in the first half from Max Bird and Curtis Davies sealed it, with Tom Ince answering for Stoke in the second half.

Rooney said he couldn't 'walk away' Derby because he asks his players to 'sacrifice a lot'

Rooney said he couldn’t ‘walk away’ Derby because he asks his players to ‘sacrifice a lot’

“The most important people are the people I work closely with at the club, and the players; it’s my job to do everything I can to make sure they come to work happy. At the moment they are clearly not.

“So if they put that aside and give that performance, they deserve a lot of credit and I know the fans will be proud of the team.

“This club has had great moments in the past. But I put the date on the wall at the end of the team meeting and I said to the players: ‘Today could be a big day in the history of the club, and it’s up to you to decide how the fans will react to this. looking back day. ‘. I think the fans will look back and realize what a tremendous effort the players have put in.”

Former striker Rooney hasn't heard from Derby owner Mel Morris in a while (above)

Former striker Rooney hasn’t heard from Derby owner Mel Morris in a while (above)

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