Wayne Rooney has finally hung up his boots to permanently take on the Derby task.
The legend of Manchester United was in temporary charge of the late Championship outfit, impressing the bosses of Pride Park.
In the dugout, Derby won three and drew four of Rooney’s nine games and dragged themselves to the cusp of leaving the relegation zone.
Recently, the Rams were taken over and the new owners would hope that Rooney will continue the solid form of the team.
Rooney said: “I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club when I first came back to the United Kingdom.”
The stadium, the training ground, the consistency of the players and the young players and, of course, the loyal and supportive fan base that has remained.
I knew instinctively, amid other offers, that Derby County was the place for me.
“To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.”
Stephen Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are pleased to confirm Wayne Rooney’s appointment as our new manager.”
With some positive results, particularly the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-0 win at Birmingham City, our recent upturn in outcomes under Wayne was married.
“During that nine-game run we also significantly improved their defensive record and recorded five clean sheets in the process, while in the attacking third we were more effective and ruthless too.
“Those pillars have provided a platform for the club to build on in the second part of the season under Wayne’s guidance.”
Rooney’s first game as permanent manager is at Rotherham’s home at Pride Park on Saturday.
Rooney, who is England’s all-time scorer, has been praised by football fans from all clubs.