AHEAD OF THE GAME: Derby earmark Wayne Rooney as a future manager

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Derby earmark new arrival Wayne Rooney as a future manager while the EFL begin fresh search for new chief executive

  • Derby County owner Mel Morris was impressed after meeting Wayne Rooney 
  • Morris sees Rooney as a potential future manager at the Championship club 
  • The EFL have started another search for a new chief executive of the group
  • Jorge Mendes had lined Jose Mourinho up with two clubs before joining Spurs 

Wayne Rooney has made such an impression on Derby owner Mel Morris — during negotiations leading to his move to Pride Park and in his brief time at the club — that the former England captain is viewed as a future manager.

Rooney will be on the Derby bench alongside manager Phillip Cocu for Saturday’s Championship game against Queens Park Rangers in his new role as player-coach, as he will not receive international clearance to play until January 2. 

Morris has a history of taking a chance on inexperienced managers, such as Frank Lampard, and Rooney has made no secret of his desire to follow his former England team-mate into management.

Wayne Rooney (right) has been earmarked as a future manager of new club Derby County

Rooney (right) will be alongside boss Phillip Cocu (left) on the bench against QPR on Saturday

Cocu has struggled since succeeding Lampard last summer, with Derby a lowly 14th in the Championship table after reaching the play-off final last season, but the Dutchman’s position is not yet under threat.

EFL on the hunt again for a new chief executive 

The EFL have started again in their search for a chief executive following the appointment of Rick Parry as chairman. 

The board conducted several interviews for the role at the end of the summer, but Parry is eager to take a hands-on role in the process having started work for the League earlier this month. 

The EFL are taking a different approach to filling their key leadership roles compared to the Premier League, who have offered the vacant chief executive job to three different people before seeking to appoint a chairman.

Jose Mourinho kept his options open before joining Spurs

Jorge Mendes’ absence from the negotiations which resulted in Jose Mourinho moving to Tottenham as manager, as revealed by Sportsmail last week, was down to the fact he was working on other possible destinations for his long-standing client.

The Portuguese agent had two other clubs lined up, but Mourinho wanted to join Tottenham when their interest became apparent and instructed another intermediary, Daniel Lorenz, to do the deal.

Jorge Mendes was not involved in negotiations with Tottenham over boss Jose Mourinho

As it was, Mendes delegated negotiations to Daniel Lorenz who helped seal the deal last week

Amazon sweat over Boxing Day internet connection 

Amazon are more concerned about encountering streaming problems on Boxing Day than on their Premier League debut next week, when all 10 midweek matches will be broadcast live for the first time.

In recent years, December 26 has been one of the biggest days of the year for internet use thanks to the start of the Boxing Day sales and a huge growth in the number of electronic devices received as Christmas presents.

This has led to fears Amazon’s ability to stream matches uninterrupted could be affected. Amazon Prime will show nine matches live on Boxing Day in the biggest broadcasting operation in Premier League history, leading to concerns over technical problems following complaints from viewers about picture quality in their coverage of US Open tennis last year.

Amazon will show next week’s midweek Premier League games as well as Boxing Day fixtures

There should be no such issues with Amazon’s on-site production next week — which will be a mammoth operation featuring a pitch-side presenting team at every game.

Amazon’s coverage begins with Crystal Palace v Bournemouth and Burnley v Manchester City on Tuesday, before continuing with six live matches on Wednesday and two more on Thursday.

Swansea to sacrifice the academy for transfer funds 

Swansea City are considering selling their academy training ground at Landore to raise funds for signings. The club have space to accommodate the academy at their Fairwood first-team complex, but the move may result in the youngsters having fewer pitches and could have implications for their Category One status.

Manager Steve Cooper has reservations about the plan, which is yet to be signed off, as youth development is close to his heart. He has spent the bulk of his career as an academy coach at Wrexham, Liverpool and with the FA. Swansea are also looking at other ways of raising money, such as seeking fresh investment.

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