Derby appoint Wayne Rooney as manager despite stark warning it could get them relegated – Simon Jordan’s frank verdict in full

Derby County have appointed Wayne Rooney as their new manager after a successful interim spell in charge of the club – but one man is still bound to be perplexed by the decision.
Rooney was appointed as Philip Cocu’s permanent successor at the Championship club on Friday, putting pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Wayne Rooney has been handed the reins on a permanent basis after losing just two of his nine games in interim chargeGetty Images – Getty
There is still bound to be some scepticism regarding the appointment, with Rooney only brought in this time last year as a player/coach.
One of those critics is talkSPORT co-host Simon Jordan, a man who is never afraid to speak his mind.
in December, Jordan said the Rams should only appoint Rooney – then a frontrunner for the position – unless they wanted to be RELEGATED.
“It’s too much of a risk,” the former Crystal Palace owner said.
“It’s different than Frank Lampard going to Derby. Derby are in shtook and in the middle of an ownership change.
“Wayne Rooney will look like, on paper, an appealing aspiration as I suspect he was brought in on a contract that included a coaching role.
“They’ve now got themselves into a bit of a mess because Cocu was brought in, Rooney has been brought in as a coach and if they bring in a new manager on top of Rooney who doesn’t want him as a coach, all of a sudden they’ve got a bit of a contractual problem.
“To get them out of the problem now, how can you possibly put Wayne Rooney in that position and really, on the balance of probability, think he’s going to be successful?
“The are bottom of the league, they are struggling, he’s got no experience in the Championship, he’s never managed before, he hasn’t coached before, he hasn’t earned or learned his stripes in the coaching world.
“If Derby want to get themselves relegated, then appoint Wayne Rooney.”
Simon Jordan maintains that Rooney is not the right man for Derby in the long termNews Group Newspapers Ltd
In the eight league meetings since those remarks were made by Jordan, the relegation threatened side have lost on just two occasions.
And while Jordan appeared to double down on his initial verdict somewhat when the topic arose again earlier this week, the 53-year-old maintained the Manchester United and England legend is not the long-term solution for Derby.
“No, it’s a sweeping observation from me,” he remarked when asked if he regretted his previous comments.
“I think a lot of what I have said is absolutely right but what you can never underestimate is how crap the Championship can be at times.
“There’s a distinct possibility I should have left myself a margin of error in saying there are probably likely to be three teams that are worse than Derby. Derby have got a decent set of players – there’s a reverse gear in there.
“But perhaps I should have let myself in there by saying it was probably not the advisable move to put Rooney in there because he might be a short-term benefit against a long-term loss.
“They have gone on this run of form and you have to give credit where it is due.
“I still maintain that in the long-term – Derby’s aspirations aren’t to be at the bottom half of the Championship, putting Rooney in as a manager is a risk.
“But then again so was putting Frank Lampard in and there was nothing wrong with that.
“Derby were not in a moment of adversity when Lampard went in, they weren’t in the eye of a storm.”
Jordan says Derby appointing Lampard as manager was justifiable – but giving Rooney the job isn’tGetty Images
He continued: “You get specialists in to do special jobs – there’s a reason why Sam Allardyce is called in to be able to fix a problem because we can all get it going when it is good and we can all be pals when it is going the right way, but it’s when you have a situation when it’s broken and you have to fix it.
“Then you go to your toolkit and if you don’t have one – ‘I don’t know what I am doing and I’ve never been here before, I have no experience of being in a relegation battle and I have never been anywhere near it. All I know is winning the Premier League and being England’s captain’.
“That to me puts you in an invidious position, what you have is a short-term bounce in my view.
“And a short-term bounce which will be lifted by the fact he is Rooney and the players will listen to him for a period of time.
“The notion again that I should have lifted my foot off the gas a little bit and qualified it a bit more, I can’t help it. You either give someone an answer or you don’t.
“My view is that Derby were in such a terrible position that it was going to get worse. The issue was potentially with Cocu and ultimately the bounce they have got with Rooney has given them some breathing space.
“They are still a long, long way away and I still may well be right.
“I think that someone coming in and giving Rooney the job was a disservice to themselves and him in the long-term.”

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