Wayne Rooney has agreed to become DC United’s next manager and will join the club once final details are finalized and he obtains the required work visa, a source confirmed to ESPN.
the athlete was the first to report the news.
Rooney replaces Hernan Losada, who was sacked in April. The Black and Reds have since been under interim manager Chad Ashton but results have not improved, including last Friday’s 7-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. DCU currently has the fewest points in Major League Soccer with Chicago, with just 17 from as many games.
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Rooney will lead the side he spent 15 months as a player with in 2018/19. This spell was largely viewed as a success, although there was a feeling that it could have had an even greater impact had it lasted the entire original 3½ year contract.
Instead, Rooney returned to England not only to join Championship team Derby County as player-manager but also because his family was struggling to settle in the United States. He eventually became Derby’s manager after Phillip Cocu was fired after a miserable start to the 2020-21 season. Under Rooney’s guidance, Derby managed to stay up on the last day of the game.
Things got drastically more difficult in the 2021/22 season. Last September, the English Football League Derby docked 12 points for entry into administration. The Rams were later deducted a further nine points for breaching EFL accounting rules. While Rooney was praised for keeping Derby competitive, the penalties proved excessive and the Rams were relegated.
Rooney then resigned from his position upon the conclusion of the season. He was rumored to have attracted interest from Premier League clubs but ultimately decided a return to DC United was the best fit for his managerial ambitions at the time.
As a player, Rooney was considered one of the best of his generation. He is Manchester United’s top scorer with 253 goals in all competitions. He holds the same mark for England national team as well as most appearances for an outfield player, scoring 53 goals in 120 appearances.
Rooney began his professional career at Everton, the club he grew up with, and just days before his 17th birthday scored his first goal in the league, a last-minute win over Arsenal.
After joining Manchester United, Rooney won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League crown. He was also part of the England teams that took part in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
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