Ex-England boss warns Wayne Rooney one thing he must get right at Plymouth straight away

Wayne Rooney is looking to lead Plymouth back into the top flight
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Ex-England boss Sam Allardyce has warned Wayne Rooney his backroom staff will need to be spot on if he is to succeed at Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims are the Manchester United and England legend's third club in 18 months. Fans have been split down the middle by Rooney's appointment, particularly after his underwhelming spells at Major League Soccer side DC United and recently relegated Birmingham City.

Considering Plymouth narrowly avoided the drop in the Championship this season and Rooney's lacklustre history in the dugout, he may need to hit the ground running if he is to have any chance of banishing any doubts. Former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham manager Allardyce – who had a brief spell in charge of the Three Lions before he was infamously and unceremoniously moved on – told the 38-year-old he must hope the backroom staff he's chosen are always at the top of their game if he is to retain any confidence as the new season progresses.

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While speaking on the 'No Tippy Tappy Football' podcast, Allardyce said: "If I was speaking to him now [I’d tell him] the biggest selection is his background staff of his managerial career. He’s had many different backroom staff members wherever he’s been, starting from Derby, to America, to Birmingham, to Plymouth now.

“He’s got all that experience in his backroom staff, who’s going to support him and be better than he is at other things. You can’t be great at everything, you’ve got to realise your strengths and then find someone who is better at that particular thing than you are.

“You employ them, then you make sure they deliver and deliver better than you can, because it is one of your weaknesses, not one of your strengths, so you stick to your strengths. You promote your weaknesses by finding somebody better than you at doing that particular job, whatever it might be.”

Rooney has now appointed his backroom staff for next season and will be accompanied by Kevin Nancekivell and Simon Ireland as first-team coaches. Meanwhile, Daryl Flahavan will join as the goalkeeping coach.

Plymouth only just managed to avoid relegation back to League One, beating play off-chasing Hull City 1-0 on the final day to finish above those dreaded dotted lines. Meanwhile, Rooney inherited Birmingham from John Eustace when they were sixth in the Championship and was dismissed with the Midlanders languishing in 20th position.

Ironically, Plymouth finished the campaign above Rooney's former side, consigning them to League One for the first time in 29 years.