Wayne Rooney reiterated his commitment to Derby as the Rams’ 2-1 win over Stoke was a slight consolation for the terrifying news that they could get a 21 point deduction after taking office.
The club took office on Friday, with Rooney revealing earlier that he only found out about the news by watching TV.
Derby now face a 12 point deduction as they were unable to find a new owner which could rise to 21 points with a separate Financial Fair Play violation investigation.
Yet despite the devastating news, Derby still managed to secure a victory at Pride Park against the Potters.
Rooney was asked by talkSPORT how grueling the past 24 hours have been, the Manchester United and England legend said he was more concerned about the club’s fans.
“Not [draining] for me, ”Rooney replied. “For the fans, for the fans who were in the stadium, for the fans who were at home. It gave them a lot of pride and they know they can be proud of their players today.
Max Bird scored his very first goal for the Rams in stunning fashion, before Curtis Davies quickly extended the home side’s advantage. Tom Ince brought in a goal for Stoke in the second half, but Derby took the win.
Rooney spoke of his pride in the team’s performance, but admitted things would only get worse.
“We’re going to have a tough week, I know that,” Rooney said. “But seeing the players put in that effort and get the three points was huge, and I can’t stress how proud I am of them for this performance today.
“I have to continue to do my job, to continue to prepare the players, to prepare them and once again, we are going to have a difficult time, I know that, I understand that.
“But I can’t ask for more than what the players have given me and I think these players will get a lot of credit for the performance and attitude today and they deserve it.”
Rooney moved to Derby as a player in January 2020 after leaving DC United and retired from the game to become the full-time manager of the Rams a year later.
Things haven’t gone brilliantly so far, with the team narrowly avoiding relegation from the championship on the final day of last season.
But Rooney has confirmed he wants to help the club overcome their current struggles and come back stronger.
“I am attached to this football club,” Rooney added. “I care about the players, I care about the staff I work with and I will do whatever I can to help us get through this.
“There will be difficult times, we know, but we will do for the best.
“It may take a little while, but we will, and I have to continue to prepare the team and prepare the players to try to take points in games.”
Rooney was then asked about his managerial career so far, and if it could have been more difficult, which he managed to joke about.
“I’m going to be taking the pro license course next month, so I think I should get an honorary for what I’ve had to deal with in the last 10 or 11 months,” he said.
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