Wayne Rooney: Former Manchester United and England striker named new Plymouth Argyle coach | football news

Wayne Rooney has been appointed as the new manager of Plymouth Argyle.

England’s second-highest scorer was sacked by Birmingham in January after just 83 days in charge.

That decision hit Rooney hard, but after taking some time to consider his future, amidst a lot of offers in the media, he has decided to return to football management.

Following his appointment, Rooney said the move “looks like the perfect next step in my career” and added: “This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project. I look forward to helping build a team of players to play expansive football.” – and to entertain the Green Army.

“I have experienced first-hand the talent that the existing group of players has here, and also the incredible atmosphere at Home Park. The club is on an exciting long-term journey, with a progressive plan in place. I am grateful for the opportunity. be part of it.”

Plymouth retained their Sky Bet Championship status on the final day of the 2023/24 season after beating Hull City 1-0 at Home Park to finish in 21st place, one point above relegation Birmingham.

Argyle were looking for a new boss following the sacking of Ian Foster towards the end of last season.

Director of football Neil Dewsnip and coach Kevin Nancekivell took charge on an interim basis for the remainder of the campaign and guided Plymouth to safety. Dewsnip has known Rooney since his time as a coach at Everton’s academy.

Plymouth said “a number of highly experienced managers and head coaches were interviewed” but Rooney stood out as the “right candidate”.

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