Wayne Rooney is lined up for a shock return to DC United as their new head coach just two years after leaving as a player, having quit Derby County… but would Coleen approve after saying Washington is ‘quite behind the UK’?
- Wayne Rooney’s stock as a manager is high following spell at Derby County
- DC sacked Hernan Losada in April and appointed Chad Ashton as interim boss
- Ashton knows Rooney well as he was working as an assistant coach at MLS side
- Rooney had a successful two-year spell with the Washington side in 2018-20
DC United are considering a reunion with Wayne Rooney as their new head coach.
The 36-year-old’s stock as a manager is high following the impressive job he carried out under financial constraints at Derby County and he is open to a return to the States to further his career.
DC sacked head coach Hernan Losada in April and placed Chad Ashton in interim charge. They are 13th in the Eastern Conference standings after nine defeats in 16 games and need a fresh impetus.
DC United are considering a reunion with Wayne Rooney as their new head coach
The 54-year-old Ashton knows Rooney well as he was working as an assistant coach for DC when the former England record goalscorer played for them between 2018 and 2020.
Rooney had a successful two year spell with the Washington based side where he scored 25 goals in 52 games and energised the franchise but his family struggled to settle prior to their move back to England with Derby County.
The move may be easier to manager this time round as the MLS season is due to end in October, unless teams are in the play-offs, and they will be wrapped up in November with the World Cup in mind.
Rooney has spoken openly about his ambitions to continue coaching here with his ultimate goal to manage Manchester United but a spell back in America would add another string to his bow as he looks to make himself a more rounded coach.
Rooney is open to a return to the States to further his career two years after leaving the club
Rooney had a successful two year spell at DC United, where he scored 25 goals in 52 games
He has been asked to interview for the manager’s job at Everton previously and will not be short of offers when they arise in the Championship or beyond after the manner in which he handled himself and his side through Derby’s battle to survive – despite the obstacles and points penalties that were thrown against them.
However, Rooney’s wife Coleen may be reluctant for her husband to make the move back to the United States, after stating Washington ‘is quote behind the UK’ when the ex-Man United star moved to the club as a player.
In texts to Rebekah Vardy in 2018, which were revealed earlier this year amid the Wagatha Christie feud, Coleen said: ‘Hiya, hope your all week [well]. We’re ok thanks its tough being on your own though.’
But his wife Coleen (right) admitted moving to Washington in 2018 was ‘tough’ for her
She added: ‘Washington isn’t the best….nice to visit but different to live. Not loads for the kids to do, mostly park, hardly any soft plays and things like that.
‘It’s quite behind the UK, which I never would have though. But we will get used to it (I hope).
‘Wayne is loving it, and the kids are fine, settled into school straight away. So really happy they are fine. Thanks for the message love xx.’
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