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Wayne Rooney: "What type of person would I be if I walk away now?"

Wayne Rooney has reaffirmed his commitment to Derby County, despite their plunge into administrat...
Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15.24 23 Sep 2021


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Wayne Rooney: "What type of person would I be if I walk away now?"

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15.24 23 Sep 2021


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Wayne Rooney has reaffirmed his commitment to Derby County, despite their plunge into administration. 

The Rams are now bottom of the Championship on -2 points after they were handed a 12-point deduction by the EFL.

Derby's administrators say six potential buyers have already expressed an interest in the club.

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Short-term loans are being taken out to cover wages and the firm in control admits there might be some job losses.

But they say players won't have to be sold, while boss Wayne Rooney will stay.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Sheffield United, Rooney said, "I'm committed to this football club. I'm ready to fight.

"Listen, I grew up on a council estate in Liverpool - I know how tough things can be. I know how tough life can be.

"We're in a tough moment but, if you put the work in and put the effort in, you can get through it.

"As I said on Saturday after the game, I'm committed to helping this football club get through it. I care about the players, I care about the staff here.

"What type of person would I be if I walk away now? Go on holiday, go and put my feet up and sit in the sun for a few weeks - I don't think that's the right way to deal with it.

"I'm prepared to try and get this club into a stable position... first of all, and hopefully in the future we can start looking a bit further forward."

Meanwhile, Rooney said owner Mel Morris' speech to staff after the club went into administration wasn't "sincere, honest or heartfelt".

The former Manchester United striker says Morris has been "disrespectful" by not speaking to him since August.

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