Rooney turned down approach from Everton

Friday, 28 January, 2022 18comments  |  Jump to last
Wayne Rooney has revealed that Everton contacted his agent about the possibility of him becoming their next manager but he did not want to break his commitment to Derby County.

The former Blues striker has been with the troubled Midlands club for the past year and his trying to lead them to an improbable escape from relegation to League One following a 21-point points deduction from the EFL.

"Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the job. [I] turned [them] down,” he said.

“I believe I will be a PL manager and am ready for that 100%. But I have a job at Derby, which is important to me."


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Duncan McDine
1 Posted 28/01/2022 at 15:04:12
He bleeds blue blood this fella. Die hard Evertonian.
Jim Potter
2 Posted 28/01/2022 at 15:28:02
You can't blame him for staying loyal to the contract he has. Bodes well for if he ever does become our manager and makes a success if it.

Good luck to him and Derby.

Phil Smith
3 Posted 28/01/2022 at 15:52:31
I second that, Jim. He's a scouser, commited and not affraid of working hard in adversity. Everton got rid of him twice when he didn't want to leave (according to him). He's loyal to Derby and feels he can help them stay up and perform a minor miricle by doing so. Fair play. Hope he does. I'd prefare Frank at the moment.
Jeff Armstrong
4 Posted 28/01/2022 at 15:56:07
How come this wasn’t mentioned in the pub?
Ian Riley
5 Posted 28/01/2022 at 15:57:02
Well done
Shown your loyalties to derby in their hour of need.
Says alot about the guy.

Good luck in the future

Tony Everan
6 Posted 28/01/2022 at 15:58:46
I think Wayne was weighing up the odds and came to the conclusion that it was probably futile. He’s best learning the managerial ropes for a bit longer anyway and proving himself. He’ll become a better manager for it. If he does Everton will definitely be back for him at some point.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 28/01/2022 at 16:04:58
I had a feeling this had been the case. In that interview Rooney gave about a month ago, his personal passion for the Derby salvage project was so obvious. (This was right after the debacle with Jags.) The way he talked about the players' commitment, his own determination to protect the jobs of the Derby club staff, it seemed clear that he was not going to abandon them in the midst of the crisis.

And well done to the man for his adherence to principle.

Justin Doone
8 Posted 28/01/2022 at 16:31:14
That's the good news, I'm still waiting for the bad!

Rooney is in a no-lose situation at Derby. Whatever happens it's been a great experience for him, no-one will blame him and now possibly for the first time in his life, he's appearing to show some loyalty.

Maybe in another few years but Everton is all I'm concerned about and now isn't the time to try and implement a new footballing philosophy.

I think Lampard wants a longer-term contract. Pereira would take a shorter-term contract. Leave it with Dunc, bring in a more experienced coach to help.

Get a few wins, get the season over with and see who may become available in the next few weeks and months.

No succession planning from Moshiri shows how little he knows about football and business. I think maybe he was gifted his billions and I don't want to know why.

Dale Self
9 Posted 28/01/2022 at 16:40:12
They've got a kid who turned down a 500,000 transfer to Nottingham Forest which may signal the kind of togetherness in the keep Derby up project. If Rooney really thought we were in Derby type trouble he would have said more I suspect. Additionally, on the Pereira thread someone had info that Rooney did not want to work with Dunc for what that's worth.
Iakovos Iasonidis
10 Posted 28/01/2022 at 16:50:51
I like his attitude, straightforward stance which I think flatters him.
Tom Harvey
11 Posted 28/01/2022 at 16:57:10
Albert Einstein was once offered the presidency of Israel, but declined, this was much to the relief of those assembled at the gathering who had offered him the position.

I'm getting a similar feeling about the Rooney approach by EFC.

Let's not start comparing IQs eh?

John Pickles
12 Posted 28/01/2022 at 17:14:17
There is a God after all.
Brian Ronson
13 Posted 28/01/2022 at 18:34:56
I think it lacks class to go public. Did Wayne object to having to compete with other candidates? Even if that is not the case going public is to enhance his own reputation and no other reason.
Dennis Stevens
14 Posted 28/01/2022 at 18:39:18
I fail to see how Rooney can be criticised for his statements to the media, it seems consistent with the way our Club has turned the whole process into a media soap opera.
Brian Ronson
15 Posted 28/01/2022 at 18:49:27
Dennis(14) By your response you answer your own question. The whole process has lacked class and to justify Rooney going public because Pereria went public is bafflling. I don't know but it wouldn't surprise me if Moshri encouraged Pereria to go public in a misguided view that he could bring supporters on Board. If that is the case it highlights how out of touch he is.

Jeff Armstrong
16 Posted 28/01/2022 at 19:24:00
Pereria was given the job on Tuesday, the last 4 days have been a Moshiri / Jooracbchian charade to keep supporters at bay, Rooney flattering his own ego cos he knows what’s going on, no doubt sat on his high horse tonight as the the king of Derby, self serving narcissism, keeps in Colleen’s good books for a while, why go public?... Cos he was asked a question?.. just say no comment, thank you.
Simon Dalzell
18 Posted 30/01/2022 at 16:36:49
Thicker than I thought. likely wont get another chance.
Rob Hooton
19 Posted 01/02/2022 at 08:03:28
Fair play to him, he's doing a good thing at Derby County and it was an enjoyable match on Sunday– a full house cheering on a last-gasp equaliser, I think they would be in or around the playoffs were it not for their points deduction? A great place to cut your teeth.

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