Wayne Rooney quits as Derby boss

Wayne Rooney quits as Derby boss

Wayne Rooney has quit as Derby County manager, admitting the club needs someone with "fresh energy" to lead them in what is an uncertain period regarding the ownership.

Derby remain in administration after a prolonged period of uncertainty that has seen the club relegated to Sky Bet League One.

Rooney received plenty of plaudits for the work done with the club in their battle to avoid the drop.

Had it not been for the 12-point deduction for entering administration, which was followed by a nine-point penalty for breaching EFL accounting rules, the Rams would have finished 18th, level with Bristol City on 55 points. Instead, despite the toils of a team filled to the brim with young players, largely with little to no EFL experience, punishments for issues off the pitch proved too much of a stumbling block.

Rooney said: "Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County.

Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

"My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.