New Plymouth Argyle boss Wayne Rooney proves Simon Jordan wrong over 'never, ever' prediction

Wayne Rooney has proved Simon Jordan wrong again by taking the Plymouth Argyle job
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Wayne Rooney has proved Simon Jordan wrong yet again after landing the Plymouth Argyle job.

The 38-year-old, who left Birmingham City in January after just 15 games in charge, is believed to have signed a three-year deal with the Pilgrims. The former Derby County boss has described the Home Park job as the “perfect next step in my career”.

Argyle chairman Simon Hallett said he "stood out as the right candidate for Argyle" and was a "passionate, intelligent and knowledgeable candidate". Rooney added: “This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project. I look forward to helping to build a squad of players to play expansive football – and to entertain the Green Army.

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“I have experienced first-hand how talented the existing group of players is here – and also the incredible atmosphere at Home Park. The club is on an exciting long-term journey, with a progressive plan in place. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it.”

The appointment comes less than two years after outspoken pundit Jordan said Rooney would never get another job in the Championship. Just before Rooney took charge of DC United in the MLS, the former Crystal Palace owner declared: “He is never, ever, ever, ever, going to get a job as a manager in the Championship or the Premier League – I guarantee you.

“Because he has done nothing to warrant it. Look at the teams who are in there in that Championship. I know that Derby had a 21-point deduction and they got within touching distance.

“But often, it is easier to galvanise a group of players when you have got a certain amount there, and a certain amount of resolve, and everything is against you, than it is to build a side you have no impediments and no excuses with.”

Since that statement, Rooney has now landed two jobs in the second tier. But Jordan has insisted he has nothing personal against Rooney, saying: “People think I have some particular agenda against Wayne Rooney even though I could not care less about Wayne Rooney. But the player is one thing and the manager is another and we are talking about Wayne Rooney the manager.”