Wayne Rooney confirmed as new DC United manager after agreeing £800k-a-year deal

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Wayne Rooney has been officially unveiled as the new DC United manager after agreeing an £800,000-a-week deal to join the MLS side earlier this month.

The former Derby County boss took charge his first training session Monday afternoon ahead of United's game against Columbus Crew on Thursday, though Interim head coach Chad Ashton will remain in the dugout until Rooney has received his Work Visa.

Rooney spent a season-and-a-half at Audi Field as a player after leaving Everton in 2018, netting 25 goals in 52 games including a memorable strike from inside his own half.

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Announcing his appointment on social media, the club uploaded a video showing some of the 36-year-old's finest moments in a DC United shirt, along with the caption: "Ruthless competitor. Fearless leader."

Club co-chairmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan said in a statement: "Wayne is a soccer legend and one of the most exciting and dynamic up-and-coming managers in our sport. He’s already proven in his young coaching career that he knows how to lead a group through adversity.

"He has an understanding of our league and what it takes to be successful in Major League Soccer thanks to his two-year stay with us as a player. The passion he showed while wearing Black-and-Red electrified our city and our club and we are so excited to welcome him back as our Head Coach."

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It comes following news that Rooney's wife Coleen won't be joining him in the American capital having previously admitted to being so homesick living out there with him that she often 'cried herself to sleep'.

Rooney's four children will also be staying in England.

Inter Miami boss Phil Neville, who shared a dressing room with Rooney at Manchester United as well as with England, says he thinks Wazza was "thrown in at the deep end" with the Derby job and proved he has what it takes it be a success in America.

"I think in his managerial career so far, Wayne was thrown in at the deep end in Derby," he told The Sun. "They had no money, they had takeover problems, they had points deductions and he nearly performed a miracle.

"So in a way this job might be slightly easier because he’ll be working under better conditions. There is no relegation like there is in England."


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