Plymouth Unveil Wayne Rooney As New Manager

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Plymouth have unveiled Manchester United legend and former Birmingham City manager Wayne Rooney as the club’s new manager.

Plymouth’s club statement confirming the appointment of Rooney as manager reads;

”We are delighted to announce the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new Head Coach.

“Welcome to Argyle, Wayne.”

Birmingham parted ways with Wayne on January 4, 2024, following a poor run of results in the England second division.

The former DC United manager has been out of job and had recently taken up punditry duties to stay close to the game.

Now, in a major breakthrough in the 38-year-old’s managerial career, he is set to return to the dugout.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Rooney is set to become the new Brighton manager – a development that will see the English football legend return to the English second-tier as a manager for the second time.

Plymouth avoided relegation on a slinker in the just-concluded 2023/24 Championship season and had to sack their former manager Ian Forster midway through the campaign.

Forster managed the club for just three months before being shown the exit door after he recorded 8 defeats in 11 games.

Rooney is reportedly set to pen a three-year contract with the club and will hope to help the team contest for promotion to the English top-flight next season.

Since calling time on his career in 2021, Rooney has had a torrid spell trying his hands on managerial duties.

The footballing legend began his managerial career with MLS side DC United as part of a four-man interim manager with the club in 2020.

He was elevated to the sole manager of the club in 2021 and had to resign from his role in 2022 after the club got relegated under his watch.

From DC United, Rooney was appointed manager of Birmingham City in the English Championship on a three-and-a-year contract. After just three months, he was sacked after managing just 2 wins in 15 games with the club later relegated to the third division.

The Manchester United legend will hope to turn a corner away from his unsuccessful spells with DC United and Birmingham City as he returns to management with Plymouth.

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