Rooney wants to become Derby manager

Ian Parker
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Wayne Rooney has admitted he would love to be offered the job of Derby manager as he prepares to help lead the side against Bristol City as part of an interim set-up.

Following the sacking of Phillip Cocu, Derby have appointed a coaching quartet of Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given, with their first task being to lift the Rams off the foot of the Championship on Saturday.

Rooney, 35, could not deny having designs on the top job.

"I've made it quite clear in the last few years my ambition is to go into management, especially with guys like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker all getting good jobs and doing really well," he said.

"I wouldn't be an ambitious person if I said I didn't want the job."

Derby are awaiting the completion of a takeover bid led by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan - cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour - before making their next move.

Rooney and his fellow coaches will have an introductory video call with the prospective new owners this week.

Rooney remains a player-coach, but his stated ambition suggests his playing days could be coming to an end.

"While I'm in this position, I'll give myself a new three-year deal!" he joked.

"I know I'm in the twilight of my career. We'll have to wait and see what happens moving forward.

"For now I've got my toes in both dressing rooms, as a player and trying to help lead the team, and we'll see where this takes us."

Rosenior shares Rooney's ambitions and would likewise love to be offered the role, but he said that had no bearing on the coaching quartet working harmoniously this week.

Neither Rosenior nor Rooney were willing to give anything away about their plans for Saturday's match, including whether or not the ex-England man would make the starting line-up.