Rooney could retire to take Derby job after seeing Lampard and Gerrard succeed

Wayne Rooney has thrown his hat firmly into the ring to become Derby's new boss.

The England and Manchester legend says he wants to follow former England pals Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into management.

He hinted he could even be ready to call time on his sparkling playing career to make the transition.

The 35-year-old takes joint charge of Derby for tomorrow's trip to Bristol City with first team coach Liam Rosenior, goalkeeping coach Shay Given and development coach Justin Walker.

They will rule by committee for now but there's big decisions to be made once the club has been taken over by Sheikh bin Zayed Al Nehayen, cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.

For now, Rosenior and Rooney portray a united front, but that could well get tested to breaking point once a successor to Phillip Cocu, who was sacked last weekend, is announced.

Rooney emphasised that the success being enjoyed by Chelsea boss Lampard and Gerrard at Rangers had only served to convince him it's a path he wants to follow.

Rooney said: “We all come into the game to play and then you have a decision to make. I'm ambitious.

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“I've made it quite clear that my ambition is to go into management, especially when you see the likes of Frank, Steven and Scott Parker and the job they are doing.

“I'm sure Liam will have the same answer, but at the moment we are working together.”

Rosenior, who got his Pro Licence four years ago, said: “It's one thing wanting the job and another thing being the right man for the job.

“I have no doubt that Wayne will one day be an outstanding manager but I also think that I could be an outstanding manager as well.”

Both stressed that they were all working together to get Derby off the foot of the table, were united in their thinking and revealed they had met with the potential new owners via a video meeting.

Rooney said he didn't know how long he'd carry on playing, saying: “Of course I know I'm in the twilight of my career. I'm 35. I think we will have to wait and see where this takes us.”

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