17 Aug 2022 | 08:26 | Football
Wayne Rooney has resigned as Derby County manager, admitting the club needs a “dynamic” man to lead their uncertain times in terms of ownership.
Derby County remain in management after a prolonged period of uncertainty, with the club relegated to Sky Bet League One.
Rooney has won a lot of plaudits for the work he has done to avoid a dip in his battle with the club.
Had it not been for a 12-point deduction for entering the administration and then nine for breaching EFL accounting rules, the Rams would have finished 18th, level with Bristol City on 55 points. Instead, the penalties for off-field problems proved to be a stumbling block, despite a hard-working squad of young players with essentially no EFL experience.
Rooney said: “I have been closely following developments in the ownership of Derby County throughout the summer.
“Today I met with the management and told them my decision was time for me to leave the club. To be fair they tried very hard to change my decision but I’ve made up my mind.
“My time at the club was like a roller coaster with emotional ups and downs, but I have to say I enjoyed the challenge.
“Personally, I feel the club needs a dynamic person to lead right now and not be affected by the events of the past eighteen months. I will remember my time at Derby with pride and affection and thank you Great support from all my staff, players and of course the fans. I will never forget you and hope to see you again in the near future and even happier times.
“Finally, I know there are still people at the club who are interested in taking over the operations of the club. I say to them that Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and for the future. Great success.”
A spokesman for the joint management of Derby County Football Club (“The Club”) said: “The joint management are very disappointed that Wayne has made the difficult decision to leave the club and we have spent some time today trying to persuade him to stay, but we will Understand why he wants to go.
“We are very grateful for the excellent work he has done in a challenging on-field environment in 2021/22 and admire the way he has led the team, club and local community to resolve various off-field issues.
“The co-managers recognise that staff and supporters will be dismayed and equally disappointed by this news, but we all wish him, his wife Colleen and their four sons all the best for the future and we are confident they will always be affected by the welcome.
“All parties recognise the need to complete the sale of the club’s business and assets and, as a matter of urgency, the joint managers would like to reconfirm that Wayne’s departure will not affect the active discussions that are taking place.”
Derby captain Curtis Davies told Sky Sports News:
“It’s just another bombshell of life in Derbyshire. My friend told me when I was in the car. I thought he wanted to chat but he called me to tell me the news. It was a big deal The shock, but you can don’t blame the gaffer after everything that happened last year. He stuck with us when we didn’t need to.
“My thought is he’s staying, but he lacks planning time with the team because of how long the ownership situation has taken – the season is only a month away and we only have five players. He got a boost from him last season. The reputation we have here, maybe he wants to protect that. As a player, I want to thank him for what he has done for us – as well as other players and supporters.
“The only person I can see in charge is Liam Rosenho – he’s part of the structure of the club. If you talk about trying to carry on last year’s positivity and our style, he’s the guy for me.” d propose. “
Derbyshire-based property group Clowes Developments (UK) Ltd will submit a bid for Derby after buying the company that owns Pride Park Stadium from Mel Morris on Friday.
Derby’s admin Quantuma confirms American businessman Chris Kirchner pulled out of deal to buy club last week.
However, David Clowes, chairman of Clowes Developments, wants to save the club he supports.
“With the deadline looming and the start of next season getting closer, we need to do something,” Krause said.
Krause has until Wednesday next week to complete the purchase.
Klaus is independently wealthy and the owner of a real estate development company.
He has been a lifelong fan of Derby.