Fans excited as Rooney 'chuffed' and 'enthusiastic' amid Argyle confirmation

Rooney, then the manager of Birmingham City, pictured at Home Park during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Plymouth Argyle and Birmingham on 23rd Dec 2023.
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Wayne Rooney shared his first words after it was revealed he would become Plymouth Argyle's new head coach, during Saturday's FA Cup final match between Manchester City and Manchester United. The former England and Manchester United player was seated next to Gary Lineker during halftime, where the presenter asked Rooney how he felt about his new role.

Lineker said: "I didn't expect my first question to be about Plymouth Argyle for this FA Cup Final, but it's just been announced that you're going to be the new manager of Plymouth - breaking news - and you're right beside us now. Excited about the change?

"Yes, really excited. I think obviously to go in as Argyle's new head coach was a thorough process, with a lot of managers who were interviewing for the job and, thankfully, the club found that I was the best person for the job. I'm excited to get started and meet the players and staff."

He added that there would be: "A lot of work before we start".

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Taking to social media following Rooney's words, fans were pleased to see the legendary player as excited as they were about the news. One comment on X (formerly Twitter) said: "He seems chuffed and enthusiastic at least!"

A second said: "I like it already. He corrected Gary by saying 'Argyle' straight away. Play offs here we come!"

A third wrote: "This is incredible." While a fourth added: "As a Cardiff fan I think that's a great appointment."

Another commented: "Welcome Wayne. Looking forward to great achievements under your leadership." And one wrote: "Still getting my head around it - the Argyle manager in the studio for the FA cup."

Plymouth Argyle confirmed they had appointed the former England captain as their new head coach on Saturday, May 25, and said there were a number of "highly experienced" candidates in the running but insisted that Rooney "stood out".

Earlier in the week, rumours began swirling that the former England and Manchester United striker was in talks with Argyle about becoming the new head coach. Yesterday, Friday, May 24, it was reported that his appointment was imminent.