Jamie Carragher says he has "no doubt" Wayne Rooney will be the next Derby County manager.
Current Rams boss Phillip Cocu is understood to be on the verge of losing his job, though Derby owner Mel Morris is loath to sack him with the club's takeover imminent.
The EFL have approved the £60million sale to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan – a member of the Emirati ruling family – while Derby are currently rock bottom of the Championship.
Rooney, 35, is currently club captain and scored the winner as Derby picked up their only win of the season – 1-0 away at Norwich – last month.
But there is speculation he could form part of the next management team at Pride Park alongside former Rams and Aston Villa boss John Gregory.
Carragher is convinced "it's all set" for Rooney to step into his first management role and tipped his former England teammate to turn the Rams' dismal season around.
"I think he would have envisaged going to Derby that was going to propel him into the Premier League," Carragher told talkSPORT .
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"They came very close under Frank Lampard (reaching the play-offs in 2018/19), they brought the new manager in Cocu.
"There’s no doubt, for me, Wayne Rooney will be manager of Derby County next, I would imagine.
"That was one of the big reasons why he’s come in. I’ve read his newspaper articles that he’s done – he’s got a really great brain on football, Wayne.
"When you listen to him speak about it… His understanding of football is fantastic, so there’s no doubt for me he will go into management and that just seems like the next natural phase for Derby, that.
"They’re struggling near the bottom. Eventually, you’d think the manager will lose his job in that situation, unfortunately for him. And I think it’s all set for Wayne to take the job."
Rooney had his first taste of management as England boss in last summer's Soccer Aid clash with the World XI.
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