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Derby County: Sam Parkin praises Wayne Rooney

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Former footballer Sam Parkin has been sharing his praise for Derby County manager Wayne Rooney. 

This comes after Parkin made an appearance on a recent episode of The Athletic’s EFL-themed The Totally Football League Show podcast, where he spoke about a range of topics concerning a number of clubs across the EFL.

After Rooney guided his team to a 2-1 victory over Stoke City in the Championship over the weekend amid the club releasing a statement revealing they will be going into administration, Parkin had this to say about the Rams manager.

He said: “I think he’s covered himself, not in glory, but he’s conducted himself really well.

“He galvanised the players, clearly, on the pitch to produce a good performance.

“It’s going to have to be siege mentality, togetherness [required], but I just think the psychological damage after eight games to take those points off the team and the players, who have got nothing to do with this, will probably be too much to overcome.”

TIF Thoughts on Sam Parkin’s comments on Rooney and Derby’s current situation…

With Rooney recently sharing his optimistic view on the current situation at the Midlands club, despite not being told about the decision to appoint administrators, it’s easy to see why Parkin has praised his professionalism over the past few days.

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As Derby are set to be handed a 12-point deduction once they enter administration, this will definitely be a big blow to all the work that Rooney and the players have put in on the pitch so far this season having won two and drawn four of their opening eight league games of the season, losing the other two.

Moving forward, Rooney, the players and the fans will have to hope that they will have enough points on the by the end of the season to avoid potentially being relegated to League One as they almost were last season – though it seems that task is about to get a lot trickier.

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