EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month: Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney is doing miracles at Derby County in the Championship. The Rams are battered and bruised. They are on the verge of financial ruin. The players are being paid out of the manager’s pocket. Club facilities are in disrepair. But have they given up? No. Derby County has somehow managed to claw their way out of the negative points and now are in double digits with 11 points. Derby County is fighting against all odds to stay up and in this time of crisis, Rooney has stepped up.

Wayne Rooney Against the Championship

Derby

The Rams are £83 million in debt and have been deducted 21 points by the league for financial mismanagement. Add in the transfer restrictions placed on Derby, which allow them to only sign players on loan, which means that Wayne Rooney is having a very difficult time managing in the Championship. There is also a constant threat of liquidation and the thought that Derby might suffer the same fate as Bury F.C. is a haunting thought.

Despite these unfathomable circumstances, Derby has shown character both on and off the pitch. They have played some good football and have deserved every single point they have earned. No match shows this than their win against table-topping Bournemouth, where the Rams won 3-2. They have also earned points against Stoke City, West Brom and a spirited Fulham.

Wayne Rooney’s men have been particularly consistent in December in the Championship. They managed 3 wins and 1 loss in a chaotic period marred by injuries and COVID. After losing to Bristol City in a close encounter, Derby County bounced back big time. Emphatically winning the next three matches. They first beat Blackpool 1-0, where debutant Luke Plange scored on his debut. They then grounded the high-flying West Brom, beating them 1-0. Colin Kazim-Richards, the veteran striker scored the only goal in that match.

Rooney’s man then travelled away to Stoke in a thrilling encounter. After leading for most of the match through a Luke Plange goal, Stoke City equalized in the 78th minute. However, Rooney’s men dug in and snatched a win through an 85th-minute goal from Colin Kazim-Richards in their 7th win in the Championship. These performances have given Derby fans a flicker of hope.

The solidarity shown by everyone involved with the club has been commendable. This solidarity inspires an image of a city during a siege; where men, women and, children pull together and do whatever they can to survive. However, there might yet be hope for Derby. Rumours of a takeover by American businessman Chris Kirchner, the co-founder and CEO of Dallas-based software company Slync.io have been rife.

Still, if Wayne Rooney’s Derby manages to survive in the Championship, it would be his greatest footballing achievement to date. After all, not many managers can boast of

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