Man United legend Wayne Rooney to open up about personal battle with rage in BBC podcast


The Manchester United legend, once labelled an ‘angry young man’ by Rio Ferdinand and who has admitted to being a hothead on the pitch, will share details of his infamous temper in a BBC podcast

Wayne Rooney, manager of Derby County during the Pre-season Friendly match between Notts County and Derby County at Meadow Lane, Nottingham on Sunday 1st August 2021.
Former England striker Wayne Rooney will discuss his ongoing battles with rage in a BBC podcast

Former England striker Wayne Rooney will discuss his ongoing battles with rage in a BBC podcast.

Once labelled an “angry young man” by Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand, Rooney, 35, got more than 100 yellow cards and three reds in English club football.

The Man United legend will appear on a BBC podcast to talk about his temper and how he copes.

During his career the combustible forward sought anger management advice from experts.

Rooney has admitted being a hothead on the pitch – and still loses his temper in the dressing room now he is Derby manager.

After one game he said: “I went in the dressing room and I absolutely erupted. I had to take myself away before I went too far. I took myself into the shower area and had a few seconds to myself.”

Rooney was once labelled an ‘angry young man’ by Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand



Rooney was infamously sent off for stamping on a rival Portuguese player in a crunch World Cup match in 2006.

Rooney, who won 12 major trophies in 13 years at Old Trafford, will chat with fellow Evertonian Bellew in the series Tony Bellew is Angry.

Among the other guests will be comic Ricky Gervais.

Bellow, whose book ‘Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face was published earlier this year, said: “I’ve been looking back over my life recently for my book and realised I’d been fuelled so many times by anger.

“This podcast has been like therapy for me: talking to guests about their anger, listening to their stories, learning from their experiences and how they deal with it. It’s made me realise that anger is OK, though everyone else is clearly much better at dealing with it than I am.”

“Tony Bellew is Angry” will be available weekly from 14th September on BBC Sounds.


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