Simon Jordan launches scathing attack on "clueless" Derby boss Wayne Rooney

Outspoken pundit Simon Jordan has launched into a furious rant over Wayne Rooney's credentials as Derby County manager, calling on the Rams to hire a more experienced coach.

Rooney began his managerial career last season when he took over from Phillip Cocu as head coach at Pride Park.

The Manchester United and England legend initially took charge as caretaker manager before being given the role full-time.

Derby enjoyed a brief upturn in form after Rooney's appointment, but things quickly went downhill.

The Rams went on a six-game unbeaten run after Rooney took charge, but the good times didn't last too long as they went on to lose three of their next four games.

Towards the end of the season, Derby won just one of their last 14 games of the campaign, surviving relegation by just a point.

The Rams have been slapped with a £100,000 fine for their accounting policies, and narrowly avoided a retroactive points deduction.

And Jordan believes Derby need to get rid of Rooney and bring in a new manager with experience of managing in difficult situations.

"The manager, to me, is clueless," Jordan said of Rooney during a rant on talkSPORT.

"Every single player of stature can go into a dressing room and have influence if they take the managerial reigns for a period of time.

"The bump that Derby got for a very short space of time got them out of the hole that the players put them in when they were playing for the manager they clearly didn't fancy, Phillip Cocu. Rooney came in, because of the enigma of Rooney they got this bump.

"12 games till the end of the season when you need a manager who knows what they're doing, you cannot buy a worse run than the one they went on under Wayne Rooney.

"There's nothing about Wayne Rooney that suggests to me – besides the fact he was a very good footballer – that he will have the credentials or capability to work in a very difficult Derby environment.

"Wayne Rooney needs to learn his managerial trade. To learn it at a football club in the state Derby is in… with the greatest respect to Mel [Melvyn Morris], they're going to get sanctioned, they're going to re-stake their financial accounts, the likelihood is they get a points penalty, you've got a manager who is learning his trade and may never be a manager.

"Wayne Rooney, what's his awareness of management? He's played for managers. What's his experience of hiring coaches? He's played for coaches. What's his relationship with the Championship? He kicked a few balls for five minutes in the Championship.

"Where does that equate when you're in amongst the muck and bullets, you need someone to go to a reference point, how's he going to do that?

"Wayne Rooney is a transit individual who will use Derby as a stepping stone if the opportunity ever came. Unfortunately now, his performance is a stepping stone to him never managing again. If he was successful, Derby wouldn't be his destination, they'd be a waypoint for him. What's best for Derby is a manager capable of navigating through very very difficult times."

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