Wayne Rooney said would be ‘naive’ not to seek advice from managers he has worked with in his career, hinting that he may ask Sir Alex Ferguson for guidance.
The Rams, who reached the play-off final in 2019, are currently sat rock bottom of the Championship with just six points and a single victory to their name all season.
Rooney, along with assistants Liam Rosenier and Shay Given, lost his first two games in charge to Bristol City and Middlesbrough this week, though he played the full 90 minutes in each match.
He now has a must-win game against fellow relegation struggles Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday in which, he has revealed, he will not play in but instead lead from the sidelines.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the encounter, Rooney hinted that he may ask for some advice from his former manager Ferguson.
“I have not spoken to Sir Alex yet but I am a young manager in terms of experience,” he said. “It would be naive not to seek advice from managers I have worked with. The more advice you can get the better. I am confident in my ability to do the role. I believe in myself.”
While Rooney stopped short of saying he is auditioning for the role full-time, he did concede that his career on the pitch could be over if his time in charge of Derby is successful.
“That possibility is there,” he said when asked if he has played his last game. “I have stated I want to do this job and go into management but the focus on Saturday – new owners not in, although days away – and has to be tomorrow.
“In the near future I will be able to answer that in a better way. I wouldn’t say I am auditioning. The club deserves better than that. We are in a difficult moment.”
Rooney also joked about the prospect of using his links at United to bring in a raft of talented young players in on loan.
He said: “I am not going to sit here and say I am going to be phoning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and asking for his players.”