Breaking: Wayne Rooney revealed why he must do his best to put the team at the top level for the awaiting campaign…

New Plymouth Argyle manager Wayne Rooney has revealed that a desire to prove himself as a manager

was behind him turning down work as a pundit to take his role, joking that he didn’t “want to become

the next Gary Neville”.

Rooney was appointed by the appointed by the Sky Bet Championship club in May having lasted just

three months in charge at Birmingham last season.

The former Manchester United and England striker has since worked in television, featuring on the BBC

during the broadcaster’s coverage of Euro 2024.

A number of former colleagues for club and country have abandoned fledgling managerial careers to

become prominent pundits, including Sky stalwart and ITV regular Neville.

But Rooney insists coaching is his real passion as he takes charge of a side that finished just one point

above the relegation zone last season. took command of a team that placed just one point above the

relegation zone in the previous campaign.

During his first press conference after joining Plymouth, Rooney remarked, “I don’t want to become the

next Gary Neville.” “I have always had a yearning, a passion, and an affection for football.

For me, the past few months have been really peculiar. Being at home has been an extremely odd

experience since January. I’ve worked on TV shows occasionally, but my true goal is to return to


After just 83 days on the job, the 38-year-old was fired by the Blues in January after overseeing nine

losses in 15 games.

When Rooney’s injury occurred, Birmingham had been sixth in the Championship. appointment, but

they were demoted at the end of the campaign.

The former striker for Everton and Manchester United, who has also managed at Derby and DC United,

plans to move on from that experience.

Rooney clarified, “You always have to prove yourself.” “I believe that’s what I had for twenty years as a

player, and in my experience as a coach, you have to show yourself in any position you hold. That is

typical and a result of the pressure that comes with the work.

Naturally, you leave yourself open when you take a job. There are undoubtedly repercussions if you don’t

produce results, as was the case in Birmingham.

I am, however, here and prepared. I’m thrilled. I thought a great deal about what had transpired at

Birmingham. Things do not always happen for a purpose. The bright side is that it brought me to this

point, where I intend to succeed. That’s something I firmly believe in.

“As a self-assured individual, I trust myself to accomplish it. All I’m excited about is getting going.

Ian Foster, who was fired in April with the Pilgrims facing relegation, is replaced by Rooney.

Argyle continued to live on the last day of

the campaign, with Birmingham relegating to the third division in its place.

Rooney acknowledges that his goal of leading the team to the championship is more distant.

Naturally, I’m not going to publicly declare that we hope to win the Premier League within the next year,

he added.

“We believe that being realistic is important, and our goal is to build on the club’s progress over the

previous five years, which has seen steady improvement.”

“I believe we must continue to advance gradually and make improvements.” They undoubtedly surpass the previous season.

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