Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney will retire from playing if he is asked to take the Derby County job on a permanent basis. Rooney is currently in temporary charge of Championship side Derby following the sacking of Phillip Cocu earlier this month. England’s all-time leading goalscorer has combined his coaching role with playing duties but says he will hang up his boots if Derby want him as their full-time boss.
Derby are currently bottom of the second-tier of English football, having won just one of their 13 league matches so far this season.
They have lost their last four games without scoring a single goal.
Rooney wants to go into management and will retire if Derby want him to be the permanent successor to Cocu.
However, he will continue playing if that is not the case.
“The new owners are not yet here [but they are] days away from finalising so I have to focus on the team,” he added.
“I’m sure in the near future I’ll be able to answer these questions better.
“Management is what I want to do and what I see myself doing.
“On Saturday it is the right decision to give my full attention to managing the team and not lose focus on that by taking part in the game.
“We are all doing what we can to help Derby get out of this mess.”