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Wayne Rooney names job he'd find 'more emotional' than managing Man Utd

Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney has discussed his managerial return after joining Plymouth.


  • May 28 2024
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Wayne Rooney names job he'd find 'more emotional' than managing Man Utd
Wayne Rooney names job he'd find 'more emotional' than managing Man Utd

Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney has opened up on his return to management. (Image: The Overlap.)

Days after was appointed as the new head coach, he has admitted that another job would be more “emotional” than taking charge of his new club or even . The Red Devils legend has watched on in recent weeks as has been left in limbo following their victory, with Rooney returning to the after his sacking.

Rooney described his recent appointment at Plymouth as the “perfect next step” for his managerial career, penning . However, there is no hiding that the 38-year-old ambitions lie in the , which he will be hoping to reach with Argyle.

He endured a difficult 83-day spell in charge of Birmingham last year, replacing John Eustace who had the club in the play-off places. Rooney lost nine of his 15 matches before being sacked and the Blues were eventually relegated to League One.

Plymouth stayed up at Birmingham’s expense and with Rooney at the helm, will look to move upwards next season. But the former captain admitted that one job elsewhere would appeal “from an emotional standpoint” even more so than taking charge at .

When asked on The Overlap what his dream managerial position would be, Rooney replied: “It’s a tough one because I’ve always said that I’d love to manage or Manchester United. I’d probably say United – that would be the pinnacle to manage Manchester United. Everton would be more from an emotional standpoint, a club I support and love, but United would be the pinnacle really.”

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Wayne Rooney returned to his boyhood club Everton after leaving Manchester United. (Image: Getty)
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Having grown up on Merseyside as an Evertonian, Rooney broke through the ranks as a 16-year-old at Goodison, playing alongside his heroes before making a big-money move to United.

“Duncan Ferguson (was my hero growing up),” Rooney explained. “I used to love and Gazza (Paul Gascoigne), but Duncan being an Everton player and what he brought to the team – it would have to be him.”

Plymouth will be aware that if Rooney is to realise his emotional ambitions and one day take charge of Everton he would likely require an improved stint at Devon.

England’s second-highest goalscorer is desperate to make amends from his spell in the Midlands, however, knowing that Everton could be waiting someday for an emotional return.

When asked where he sees himself in five years, Rooney added: “I don’t know really, obviously I want to get back into management, it’s something I want to do and prove to myself. The last one, I was disappointed with myself with the results but also with how it ended.”

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