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Wayne Rooney agrees to return to DC United as coach: reports

Washington (AFP) – Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney has reached an agreement to coach Major League Soccer team DC United, for which he played between 2018 and 2019, US media reported Sunday. 

The 36-year-old will join the team once visa formalities are finalised, ESPN and The Athletic reported. 

A reporter for The Athletic tweeted a photo of Rooney at Dulles International Airport outside Washington on Sunday.

The Englishman will replace Argentine Hernan Losada, who was fired due to poor results only six games into the season.  

The team also failed to rebound after Losada’s departure and currently occupies the penultimate position in the Eastern Conference with just 17 points in 17 games. 

Led by interim coach Chad Ashton, the capital club suffered a crushing 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Union on Friday. 

Rooney resigned as manager of Derby County at the end of June, gaining plaudits for his efforts in his first managerial role under very trying cirumstances.

Rooney was unable to keep them in the Championship after the crisis-torn club were hit by a 21-point deduction as punishment for financial issues.

However, he had managed to keep their hopes alive of miraculously escaping the drop into the final weeks of the season.

In his spell at DC United as a player he scored 23 goals in 48 games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. 

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  1. Roberto

    July 12, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    I like Wayne, at least DC will receive some good press for a change. As far as how this will go, the prospects are not good. DCs owners are cheap (even though they are paying Wayne a Million a Year). They need to spent serious $$$ on players. Heck, their relatively new stadium was never finished. The other cheap skates San Jose are also at the bottom of the league. Maybe Wayne tried for a miracle at Derby, he is in need of one in DC.

  2. Roberto

    July 11, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    Wow, what work he has ahead. DC has not been a good team for years. Wayne almost single handed had them play better football but not enough quality was available. They have a bad habit of selling off young players, so they remain a basket case. Good luck Wayne, he really worked hard with little resources in Derby. So, maybe he is the man for the job. Hopefully they promised him some funds to add players who are not a waste of money.

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