Rooney wants to know he has money to spend before taking Derby job

Wayne Rooney seeking assurances he will have money to spend in January before the England legend agrees to become Derby County’s new manager

  • Wayne Rooney wants money to spend if he becomes Derby’s new manager 
  • The England legend is a contender for the role after Phillip Cocu was sacked
  • The player-coach believes he has the players’ support and wants the backing 

Wayne Rooney would want assurances that he will be given money to spend in the January transfer window before agreeing to become Derby’s new manager.

The England legend — part of an interim coaching team at the Championship strugglers — will speak for the first time on Friday since Phillip Cocu was sacked.

Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker form the temporary staff as Derby await the completion of a £60million takeover by Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan — cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour. Once that goes through, the 35-year-old is likely to be a contender for the full-time role.

Wayne Rooney wants to know he has money to spend before taking over as Derby manager

A source said: ‘He has been working hard off the pitch for a long time now and the club believe he has the players’ support.

‘But Wayne wants assurances that the takeover will be going through and that funds will be available in the new year.’

John Terry is also keen to move into management and his current employers Aston Villa would not stand in his way if he were offered the Derby job. He too would want to know the budget for January.

John Terry is also being considered and Aston Villa will not stand in his way if he is offered

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