Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney gave an assessment of his style of management on Monday Night Football.
The current Derby County manager, who is doing a brilliant job in extremely difficult circumstances, believes man management is his strong point as a head coach.
Rooney steered the Rams to another season in the Championship last term, but they’ve had numerous points deductions due to ongoing financial struggles which has left them in another relegation scrap this year.
They’ve still managed some fine displays throughout the campaign and Rooney deserves credit for getting a tune out of serval players, despite being up against it most weeks.
Rooney was asked about his strengths as a manager on Sky Sports last night, and said: “I think I’m a player’s manager… I try to manage my players [like] me as a player – how did I want to be treated?
“I always wanted to have that relationship with the manager, I want good characters in the dressing room. I speak to each player individually, differently. I work out very quickly what they need, whether it’s an arm around them, whether they need a kick up the backside… the players know they can come and speak to me at any time.”
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Rooney goes on to add that “you have to be driven” to be a top manager, which is something he has witnessed from playing under the very best as a player — for club and country.
For someone who had a number of fall outs with managers down the years, it will be interesting to see how Rooney handles such situations in the future because they are bound to happen in football. He is still new to the management scene.