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Derby appoint Liam Rosenior as interim manager after Wayne Rooney’s departure

Derby promote coach Liam Rosenior to succeed Wayne Rooney on an interim basis after the English legend resigned… when administrators announced they’ve accepted Clowes Developments’ offer to take over the poor club

  • Derby has hired Liam Rosenior as their interim boss to replace Wayne Rooney
  • Rooney resigned Friday after 18 months in charge of the Rams
  • Former defender Rosenior has been on Derby’s coaching staff for three years
  • Quantuma has announced they have accepted Clowes Developments’ offer for the club

Derby has appointed Liam Rosenior as interim manager following Wayne Rooney’s departure.

Rooney stepped down as boss on Friday after 18 months in charge of the Rams, who were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season after being hit with a combined 21 point deduction.

Rosenior has been part of the club’s coaching team for the past three years and has been an assistant to Rooney.

Derby has appointed Leroy Rosenior as interim manager following Wayne Rooney's departure

Derby has appointed Leroy Rosenior as interim manager following Wayne Rooney’s departure

Rooney stepped down on Friday after being responsible for Derby's board for 18 months

Rooney stepped down on Friday after being responsible for Derby’s board for 18 months

Meanwhile, Derby’s joint trustees, Quantuma, announced that they had formally accepted Clowes Developments’ offer to acquire the club, granting the company preferred bidder status.

A spokesperson for Quantuma said in a statement: “The joint trustees are now entering a period of exclusivity with Clowes, with the completion of the acquisition of the company and the club’s assets slated for June 29.

“All parties are now working hard to complete what is still a complex legal transaction in a very short time. Once the transaction has been completed, the club can move forward and prepare for the upcoming season without administration.”

The future of Rooney – who had been in permanent charge since January 2021 – was in grave doubt when American businessman Chris Kirchner failed to complete his proposed takeover.

Rooney said: “My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.

“Personally, I think the club should now be led by someone with fresh energy and unaffected by the events of the last 18 months.

“I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and fondness and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.

Finally, I know that the club still has interested parties who want to take over the company. To them I say this: Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.’

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