Wayne Rooney leaves DC United as Man Utd and England legend now without club:
Wayne Rooney has left his position as head coach of DC United by mutual consent, after the club missed out on a spot in the MLS playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
Rooney said it was the right time for him to move on, and that he had done everything he could to get the club into the playoffs. He has no plans for his future yet, but has indicated that he will be heading back to England.
DC United said the decision to part ways with Rooney was made so that the club’s new general manager can have the full opportunity to impart a new philosophy and structure onto the club.
Wayne Rooney was appointed manager of DC United in July 2022, after leaving Derby County, where he had been manager since January 2021. Derby were in financial crisis at the time, and Rooney was unable to keep them in the Championship.
Rooney had a tough start to his time at DC United, with the club finishing bottom of the Eastern Conference in his first season in charge. However, the team showed signs of improvement this season, finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference.
Wayne Rooney has decided to leave D.C. United — it’s over. English manager leaves with immediate effect.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 8, 2023
Despite the improvement, DC United missed out on a spot in the playoffs by two points. This was a major disappointment for the club, which had not reached the playoffs since 2019.
Rooney had said last month that he was frustrated about the a lack of discussion over his expiring contract. The club has been without a general manager since Lucy Rushton was fired last October, with president of soccer operations Dave Kasper and technical director Stewart Mairs handling roster decisions.
Rooney’s wife and family have remained in England while he has been working at the club.
Rooney has already been linked with the Birmingham City job. John Eustace is attracting interest from clubs elsewhere and the Mirror understands Rooney is viewed by the club’s American owners as a potential replacement.
Rooney’s legacy at DC United
Wayne Rooney is a legend of the game, both on and off the field. He is the all-time leading scorer for Manchester United and England, and he won numerous trophies during his playing career.
Rooney’s time as manager of DC United was relatively short, but he made a significant impact on the club. He helped to improve the team’s culture and mentality, and he also helped to develop some of the club’s young players.
Rooney is a passionate and ambitious manager, and he is sure to be a success in his next job.
What lies ahead for Rooney?
Rooney has not yet announced his plans for the future, but he is likely to be in high demand. He is a proven winner, and he has a lot to offer any club.
Rooney has already been linked with the Birmingham City job, and he would be a good fit for the club. Birmingham City are a historic club with a passionate fan base, and Rooney would be able to bring his winning mentality to the club.
Rooney could also return to Manchester United, where he is a legend. The Red Devils are in need of a new manager, and Rooney would be a popular choice among the fans.
No matter where Rooney goes next, he is sure to be a success. He is a talented manager with a lot to offer.
- Rooney played for DC United near the end of his playing career in 2018 and 2019.
- He took over as manager with the club next to bottom of the Eastern Conference and they finished last season in bottom place.
- Rooney won his final game in charge, beating New York City 2-0 just before his departure was announced.
- Rooney recently discussed his frustration over a lack of communication regarding staying at the club.
- Rooney has already been linked with the Birmingham City job.
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