Wayne Rooney has revealed he has spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson for advice as he takes his first steps as a manager with Derby.
The former England captain, who faces competition for the permanent job from John Terry, is in charge of Derby’s interim coaching team while the club await the proposed £60million takeover by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan and will seek to claim his first win as a boss at Millwall on Sunday.
Derby are desperate for results as they are bottom of the Championship, five points adrift of safety.
Wayne Rooney is enjoying his first taste of management as Derby’s interim boss
The former striker has revealed he has chatted to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Derby
Rooney has made it clear that he wants the job full-time and has spoken to both Sir Alex and West Ham boss David Moyes, his manager when he broke through at Everton as a 16-year-old, for guidance.
Rooney said: ‘I spoke to Sir Alex and David Moyes, as well as a few different people. It was nice to have the chance to catch up on certain things.
‘It wasn’t particularly about how the team was playing or how we should set up. It was more of a general.
If I can speak to Sir Alex Ferguson again I would be a bit naive not to, and it was great for David Moyes to give me a call and offer his help.’
There is no one better for Rooney to take advice from during his early managerial days than legendary United boss Ferguson.
Under Rooney’s time with Ferguson at Old Trafford, the former striker won five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.
However, Rooney’s plans to take over at Derby on a permanent basis face a threat from his former England team-mate and Chelsea captain Terry.
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Rooney has also spoken to David Moyes, his manager when he broke through at Everton
Rooney is seeking his first victory as interim Derby manager when they travel to Millwall