Wayne Rooney has dismissed suggestions that taking over as head coach of Major League Soccer side DC United is a ‘backwards step’ in his managerial career.
The 36-year-old has made a swift return to management with his former club, having left Derby last month following a tumultuous spell where his own stock improved despite chaos off the pitch at the Rams.
The former England, Manchester United and Everton striker has wasted no time getting back into the game, although he will have to wait for completion of a visa application to formally take up his new role back in Washington, where he enjoyed a two-year playing spell.
‘I’ve seen a few articles, certainly back in England, on this as possibly a backwards step in my managerial career. I really found that a bit disrespectful to this league,’ he said at a press conference broadcast on the club’s YouTube channel.
Rooney revealed there had been ‘a few other clubs, both in England and in Europe, who got in touch ‘following his exit from Derby, but that he had been planning to ‘take a bit of a break’ before the DC United opportunity came up.
‘I think as a player, playing in the main of my career at the top level, you can really choose which club you want to go to,’ he said.
‘As a manager I’m at the beginning of that journey. I’m at a point in my managerial career where I have to put the work in, I have to put the hours in.
‘That’s not an issue whatsoever from a family point of view,’ he said.
Rooney described the move as an ‘exciting challenge’ and ‘something I feel can develop me as a coach’.
He takes over a side that suffered a 7-0 defeat to Philadelphia on Friday to sit second-from-bottom in the Eastern Conference table.
‘The team need to improve and I really feel with my capabilities of developing players, young players, we can get this club back to successful ways again,’ said Rooney.
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