Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Sean Dyche as Burnley manager, according to reports.
The former United forward has impressed with his stellar work at Derby County this season, taking their hopes of survival within the last month of this season despite being deducted 21 points.
Derby survived the drop to League One on the last day of last season and were immediately hit with a transfer embargo, meaning Rooney had to rely on the players at his disposal to keep the Pride Park club in England’s second tier.
The 21-point deduction proved to be too big of a setback for the club and relegation was confirmed earlier this month but Rooney’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.
According to The Sun, Burnley have identified United’s top goalscorer as their preferred target to replace Dyche on a permanent basis, regardless of whether the Clarets stay in the Premier League or not.
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Burnley are currently two points clear of the relegation zone, with Everton looking likely to be relegated. The Merseyside club have been rumoured to be interested in Rooney as well.
As per the report, Rooney rejected the chance to join Everton this year and has set his sights on managing Manchester United one day.
After struggling in his first few months in management, Rooney is developing into a promising young coach and his ambitions of managing United are certainly positive.
His decision to reject the chance of managing Everton this season also points to great maturity, acknowledging that a step into the Premier League too soon could do more harm than good. Frank Lampard, who is currently enduring a torrid time at Goodison Park, is seeing the effects of taking the wrong job at the wrong time.