Football pundit Dion Dublin has claimed that Wayne Rooney was ‘lucky’ to be named as the new permanent Derby County manager.
This comes after Dublin recently made an appearance on Soccer Saturday where he spoke about the biggest talking points concerning English football.
He said: “He’s at a very good club. I think he’s lucky to get a job of this size so early.
“For Wayne, it’s going to be really difficult to try and come off the field and be a manager with the players that [he’s] played with as well. To get that distance to now have to go down players’ throats when they’ve had a bad game when you know them and have been playing with them, it’s going to be very difficult for him.”
Rooney originally joined the Midlands club back in January last year as a player-coach. Since the club sacked their previous permanent manager Phillip Cocu in November, Rooney has taken charge of Derby’s matches alongside his coaching staff of Liam Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given.
TIF Thoughts on Dion Dublin’s comments on Rooney’s appointment…
The fact that Dublin thinks Rooney is lucky to be managing at a club like Derby for his first job in management, this shows just how highly the pundit thinks of the club rather than suggesting that Rooney was maybe a bit fortunate to be given the job at Pride Park.
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On the pitch, Rooney made 35 appearances for the Rams in which he managed to score seven goals and provide three assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
Hopefully, the knowledge and experience Rooney has picked up since originally joining the club will put him in a good position moving forward with the club as their new manager.