Wayne Rooney would relish the chance to turn into Derby County’s supervisor as he prepares to assist lead the aspect towards Bristol City on Saturday.
Following the sacking of Phillip Cocu, Derby have appointed a training quartet of Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given as they weigh up their subsequent possibility.
And Rooney, 35, couldn’t deny having designs on the highest job it was supplied.
“I’ve made it fairly clear in the previous couple of years my ambition is to enter administration, particularly with guys like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker all getting good jobs and doing very well,” he stated.
“I wouldn’t be an bold particular person if I stated I didn’t need the job.”
Derby are awaiting the completion of a takeover bid led by Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan – cousin of Manchester City proprietor Sheikh Mansour – earlier than making their subsequent transfer, with Rooney and his fellow coaches having an introductory video name with the possible new homeowners this week.
Rooney stays a player-coach, however his acknowledged ambition suggests his taking part in days may very well be coming to an finish.
“Whereas I’m on this place, I’ll give myself a brand new three-year deal!” he joked. “I do know I’m within the twilight of my profession. We’ll have to attend and see what occurs transferring ahead.
“For now I’ve obtained my toes in each dressing rooms, as a participant and making an attempt to assist lead the workforce, and we’ll see the place this takes us.”
Rosenior shares Rooney’s ambitions and would likewise like to be supplied the function, however he stated that had no bearing on the teaching quartet working harmoniously this week, determined to reverse a run of type which has seen a aspect considered promotion contenders gather simply six factors from 11 video games.
“Our first ambition is to win on Saturday,” he stated. “I’ve obtained a variety of expertise on this league and it’s a 46-game season. We’ve obtained 35 video games left, that’s practically an entire Premier League season, so we have to give attention to every recreation and we are able to in a short time transfer up.
“I don’t wish to sit right here whereas we’re 24th saying we’ve obtained sure ambitions. Our first ambition is to win at Bristol City.”
Neither Rosenior nor Rooney had been keen to offer something away about their plans for Saturday’s match, together with whether or not or not the ex-England man would make the beginning line-up.
Assuming he does, all eyes can be on which place he chooses to play in after shifting between assault and midfield in recent times, however Rooney stated there was no easy reply as to the place he may very well be only.
“I really feel I can play in a wide range of positions and one of the best place for me is the place I can have an effect on the sport essentially the most,” he stated. “How can I carry gamers into the sport and damage the opposition?
“After all I can play as a 9, however then you definately’re counting on service to return to you. I’ve performed as a six and as an eight as nicely. It’s about getting on the ball and bringing gamers into the sport, having some calmness right now which can profit the workforce.”