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Wayne Rooney “guarantees” basement boys Derby will stay up this term and prosper

Wayne Rooney has “guaranteed” basement club Derby will start to climb the table towards safety soon.

Rooney is working alongside first team coach Liam Rosenior, goalkeeping coach Shay Given and development coach Justin Walker at Derby.

The caretaker quartet have stepped up since Phillip Cocu left earlier this month.

They took charge of a 1-0 defeat at Bristol City last weekend and remain at the helm for Wednesday’s trip to Middlesbrough.

Player-coach Rooney is unsure of his role beyond the game as Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is close to completing a takeover from Mel Morris.

Rooney will lead Derby out at Middlesbrough on Wednesday as skipper and caretaker

But Rooney,35, insists the Rams will not be down the bottom for much longer.

He said: “The club is going through a tough period at the minute.

“But we will get better and will get out of the situation we are in.

“We will start winning games and will start climbing the table – I can guarantee that.

“We are going to Middlesbrough to put it on them and create chances.

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“We have ideas how we want to play and the players need to trust what we are telling them.

“But also we need to trust in ourselves that these are the right ideas.

“It is the way we want to play and the way we see our players playing with the qualities we have.

“We have to stick to our beliefs. The first thing we had to do was get everyone smiling and enjoying coming into work – not just the players but the staff behind the scenes.

Manchester United and England’s record scorer Rooney has vowed to use all his experience

“Then the results will come, I am sure of that. There really has been a big lift in the club over this last week.

“If you walked into this club you wouldn’t think we were sat bottom of the Championship.

“With the new owners coming in there is a lot of positives to look forward to.”

First priority to climb the table is to end three games without scoring.

England and Manchester United record-scorer Rooney added: “It is important to hit the back of the net in training.

“It is like muscle memory because then you know exactly what you are doing when you get infront of goal.”

Steve McClaren is back at Derby for a fifth spell

Rooney insisted playing himself upfront is not the solution after deploying himself in holding midfield at Bristol.

He explained: “In my opinion the team need me a bit deeper to get us playing.”

Meanwhile, Steve McClaren is back at Derby for a fifth spell but this time in a new role.

The former England boss has returned as an advisor to the board with immediate affect.

He will then become the Rams’ new technical director once the club is taken over by Dubai-based Abu Dhabi royal for £60million.

McClaren, 59, has had two spells as boss at Pride Park and has also played and coached at the club.

Rams CEO Stephen Pearce said: “His knowledge, experience, and academic qualifications will be invaluable to us. I am sure he will make a huge contribution.”




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