Wayne Rooney has been confirmed as the DC United manager after leaving his job at Derby County following their relegation from the Championship. Rooney will now have his work cut out with DC United as they are bottom of the Eastern Conference in the MLS after 17 matches with just 17 points. They were on the receiving end of a 7-0 thrashing by Philadelphia Union in their last game.
“I’ve seen a few articles back in England about this possibly being a backward step in my managerial career. I really find that a bit disrespectful to this league,” DC United head coach Wayne Rooney said. “I feel the experience I gained at Derby County over the past 18 months has been great for my development as a coach, as a manager. And to come here, back to the MLS, back to DC United was an exciting challenge for me, something that can develop me as a coach but also [help] the team to improve.”
“I really believe with my capability of developing players, young players – and of course, we’re working hard to get a few new players in – we can really get this club back to successful ways again. It’s going to take a lot of hard work but that’s what I’m here to do and really improve the team,” he added. “There were actually a few other clubs, both in England and in Europe, who got in touch, and my plan after Derby was to take a bit of a break and then see what comes up. But once my agent called me and said DC had come in and enquired if it was a possibility for me to come in, it was quite quick really, within 24 hours.”