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Derby have been in administration since September and the club are facing liquidation amid crippling debts.
It's a sad situation off the pitch but on it, Rooney is doing something truly remarkable in his first-ever job as a manager.
@ArmbandMedia on Twitter has broken down the 36-year-old's time in the Rams dugout so far and it's a fascinating read.
Rooney found out Derby were going into administration last year while watching Sky Sports News and he received no information from owner Mel Morris.
Instead of choosing to walk away, knowing Derby would be hit with a massive points deduction, Rooney chose to remain at Pride Park.
Derby were docked 21 points in all, 12 for entering administration and an additional nine for historical financial breaches.
Fans were furious and in an attempt to keep unity, Rooney gave his personal phone number to the supporters club in an attempt to keep transparency.
"I’ve made contact with the supporters’ club and they have my phone number now," Rooney explained. "It’s nice they have that direct line to me."
"I am committed to this football club. I grew up on a council estate in Liverpool. I know how tough life can be. What kind of person would I be if I went and laid on a beach for a few weeks." - Wayne Rooney reassured Derby fans that he was not going to walk off. pic.twitter.com/tO8nqU7NDm— Armband Media (@armbandmedia) February 1, 2022
Funds have been so low that Rooney has taken it upon himself to pay for training equipment and away accommodation when needed. Among the equipment bought was a drone.
A lack of transfer budget has seen Rooney give 20 academy players their debut since his appointment last year, all of who are fully committed to the cause.
Veteran defender Curtis Davies claims Rooney once said: "I'll stand in front of you, I'll take all the criticism."
"Walking off, one of their coaches just said to me, in the second half, everything that this club's going through, that group of players just outfought us, outbattled us." Wayne Rooney in his pep talk after Derby county came back from 1-2 to 3-2 against Bournemouth. pic.twitter.com/f0DyUw1eC8— Armband Media (@armbandmedia) February 1, 2022
Rooney is going the extra mile to ensure Derby have every shot of Championship survival and regularly sleeps in his office to get his players ready.
Three different league tables are up in the dressing room too. The original, one without the points deduction and one with the massive points deduction.
Without a points deduction Derby would be comfortably midtable and have an outside shot at making the play-offs.
Instead, they sit 23rd in the Championship and seven points off safety.
Rooney was dubbed a 'Guardian Angel' by Derby faithful to which he responded "It is the first time I have been called that. The fans see what we are trying to do and it is our best. There is pressure with any job and I am trying to get the players to be the best they can be." pic.twitter.com/HZXH5Rrb95— Armband Media (@armbandmedia) February 1, 2022
If they manage to stay up from this position, Rooney will have already achieved a legendary feat in management.
On top of all that, he turned down advancements from boyhood club Everton earlier this year. Talk about commitment.
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