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Wayne Rooney could take the next step towards passing his Manchester United managerial audition – Manchester Evening News

During the tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson, many stand out talents came through the doors of Old Trafford and won numerous trophies at Manchester United and quite a number of those players went on to be managers after they have hung up their boots.

One such player is currently in the dugout at United in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over from Jose Mourinho in 2019 and currently seems to be under pressure to deliver the results expected of him.

However, another former player who has been the source of much speculation recently is Steve Bruce.

Bruce’s team, Newcastle United as you will well know unless you’ve been living under a rock, has been taken over by a Saudi Arabia-backed conglomerate, and now the manager seems to just be waiting for his marching orders. This has led to many managers being linked to the role.

One manager and former United player who has thrown his hat into the ring and is reported on the shortlist for the job is Wayne Rooney, who is currently managing Derby County.

Derby currently sits at the bottom of the Championship table on three points, but without 12 point deduction at the start of this season, the form that the team is in would put them firmly midtable and that’s before you consider how the financial issues have severely handicapped their squad.

Rooney is doing a great job with all the financial restrictions he has to get the Derby side playing and also with how he has helped out and managed the club behind the scenes, reportedly paying for the team’s travel and accommodation out of his own pocket.

This has caught the eye of Newcastle and according to reports in the Chronicle, he would be interested in the role if it was to become available.

And if he was to be appointed manager of such a monumental project at Newcastle and was successful, it would provide him with a large amount of experience on his CV if he was to ever put himself in the running for the Manchester United job in the future.

Newcastle will allow Rooney to operate with a much larger budget than he has been at Derby (but then again their financial troubles mean they have no budget whatsoever) and therefore hone his ability to identify top talent on which to spend his embarrassment of riches.

United over the past few years have needed to get each signing they have made exactly right, with the club not having the funds available like others to constantly try and rectify errors with an expensive trial and error process so it is a necessary skill to be able to work alongside the scouting team to choose the best option.

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Furthermore managing a team like Newcastle where expectations of constant progression will be through the roof will give a manager like Rooney nowhere to hide. If he makes a mistake or regresses, Newcastle is likely to make changes swiftly in order to stay on track with their long-term vision.

This will also stand him in good stead for any potential ambitions to manage United, who are one of the biggest clubs in the world.

At the moment this is all hypotheticals as Steve Bruce has yet to leave Newcastle and the search for his potential successor has not been confirmed, however, if Rooney was to be appointed, he would still have a long way to go before he would have a shot at the United job.

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