Rooney returns as DC United head coach

Wayne Rooney has been unveiled as the new head coach of his former club in the United States, DC United.

The 36-year-old left Derby County last month after a tumultuous period in which his own stock improved despite off-field chaos at the Rams, who were relegated to English League One.

The former England, Manchester United and Everton striker will have to wait for the completion of a visa application to officially return to his new role at Washington, where he played for two years.

“DC United today announced that Wayne Rooney has been appointed as the club’s new head coach,” the Major League Soccer club said.

“Interim head coach Chad Ashton will remain in charge of the team until Wayne Rooney has received his work visa.”

Rooney, England’s top scorer, joined DC United in June 2018 as a Designated Player and has made 48 appearances, scoring 23 goals and providing 15 assists.

“Wayne is a footballing legend and one of the most exciting and dynamic up-and-coming managers in our sport,” said DC United co-chairmen Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan.

“He has already proven in his young coaching career that he knows how to lead a group through adversity.

“He has an understanding of our league and what it takes to be successful in Major League Soccer thanks to his two-year stint with us as a player.

“The passion he has shown wearing black and red has electrified our city and our club and we are delighted to welcome him back as head coach.”

DC United have confirmed that Rooney will join the club and take on the role of head coach pending receipt of his P-1 visa, with the rest of the coaching staff to be announced at a later date.

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