Wayne Rooney agrees to return to DC United as coach
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney has reached an agreement to coach Major League Soccer team DC United, for whom he played between 2018 and 2019, US media reported on Sunday (July 10).
The 36-year-old will join the team once visa formalities are finalised, ESPN and The Athletic reported.
A reporter for The Athletic tweeted a photo of Rooney at Dulles International Airport outside Washington on Sunday.
The Englishman will replace Argentinian Hernan Losada, who was fired due to poor results only six games into the season.
The team also failed to rebound after Losada's departure and currently occupy the penultimate position in the Eastern Conference with just 17 points in 17 games.
Led by interim coach Chad Ashton, the capital club suffered a crushing 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Union on Friday.
Rooney resigned as manager of Derby County at the end of June, gaining plaudits for his efforts in his first managerial role under very trying circumstances.
He was unable to keep them in the Championship after the crisis-torn club were hit by a 21-point deduction as punishment for financial issues. However, he had managed to keep their hopes alive of miraculously escaping the drop into the final weeks of the season.
In his spell at DC United as a player, he scored 23 goals and made 13 assists in 48 league games across two years.