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Simon Jordan Launches Rant Questioning Wayne Rooney As A Manager

Simon Jordan Launches Rant Questioning Wayne Rooney As A Manager
By Gary Connaughton Updated

By all accounts, Wayne Rooney has done okay during his short career as a manager.

He inherited an incredibly difficult situation at Derby County, taking over a club who found themselves in financial trouble. Not only would he lose some key members of his squad ahead of last season, but the team would also be hit with a 21-point deduction in the Championship.

Despite this, they made a good fist of staying in the division while playing using a squad largely consisting of young and inexperienced players. However, they would ultimately fall short in their quest to stay in the division.

Rooney decided not to stick around for their upcoming stint in League One, resigning from his position last month.

It was expected that the former England captain would pick up another gig rather quickly, having previously been linked to openings at the likes of Everton and Burnley. Despite this, it now looks likely that his next move will be to coach DC United in the MLS.

The 36-year old had a brief playing stint with the club towards the end of the last decade but is surprising to see him take a coaching role across the Atlantic at this stage of his career.

Simon Jordan slams Wayne Rooney coaching move

It is strange to see Wayne Rooney make this move at such an early stage in his managerial career, with Simon Jordan believes that he may have had little option but to take the gig.


Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Crystal Palace chairman said that he does not think the Englishman had done enough to get another opportunity to coach in the Premier League or even the Championship and that his CV up to this point has been very unimpressive.


As far as DC United are concerned they just got stuffed 7-0 by Philadelphia and it’s a franchise you would expect to do better than its currently doing. It’s finished second from bottom in two or three seasons out of their last five.

People think I have some particular agenda against Wayne Rooney even though I could not care less about Wayne Rooney. But the player is one thing and the manager is another and we are talking about Wayne Rooney the manager.

At Derby County, when Kirchner was involved in the mix, I think part of the attraction of him staying there was this relationship he had with America, and with Kirchner being an American, maybe he could leverage him into America. If he wants to manage, why not, if this is the opportunity...

He is never, ever, ever, ever, going to get a job as a manager in the Championship or the Premier League - I guarantee you. Because he has done nothing to warrant it.

Look at the teams who are in there in that Championship. I know that Derby had a 21 point reduction and they got within touching distance.

But often, it is easier to galvanise a group of players when you have got a certain amount there, and a certain amount of resolve, and everything is against you, than it is to build a side you have no impediments and no excuses with...

There is nothing to indicate that he has the ability to or credibility, in my view and talking to other people in and around the game, he's not at that level.

While the move to the MLS is an odd one, you'd imagine Wayne Rooney would have gotten an opportunity in the Championship if he bided his time a bit.

Patrick Vieira is one recent example of a coach who eventually made his way from the MLS to the Premier League. You'd imagine a similar opportunity could pop up for the ex Manchester United man in the future.

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