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  • Updated: May 25, 2024

Plymouth appoint Rooney as new head coach

Plymouth appoint Rooney as new head coach

On Saturday, the championship side Plymouth Argyle confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney as their new head coach.

The 38-year-old succeeds Ian Foster who was sacked on 1 April after a poor run of results.

The latest job is Rooney's first role since Birmingham City sacked him on 2 January after a disappointing reign of less than three months in which he lost nine of 15 games.

Blues, who were in the Championship play-off places when Rooney took over, were relegated to League One earlier this month.

The Pilgrims coaching job is a fourth head coach role for Rooney - who was England's top scorer with 53 goals until Harry Kane beat his mark in March 2023. He was Derby County's boss during a period of financial difficulties.

Rooney guided the Rams to Championship survival in May 2021 in his first season in charge but left a year later following the club's relegation after Derby had been docked a total of 21 points for their financial problems.

He spent 15 months as boss of DC United in the United States but left last October to take on the Birmingham job, having failed to guide the Washington-based side to the Major League Soccer (MLS) play-offs.

First-team coaches Kevin Nancekivell and Simon Ireland, and goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan will form part of Rooney’s backroom staff, with further additions to be made in due course.

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