Wayne Rooney contacted Plymouth Argyle about becoming Head Coach

Wayne Rooney is looking to lead Plymouth back into the top flight
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Neil Dewsnip, Plymouth Argyle's director of football, recalls a determined nine-year-old Wayne Rooney striving for greatness during his days at Everton. Now, Dewsnip sees the same relentless determination in Rooney as the 38-year-old turns his back on a permanent role as a TV pundit to manage The Pilgrims.

Talking about Rooney's career, Dewsnip said: "Birmingham City didn't go great for him but even Sir Alex Ferguson has experienced the sack at St. Mirren. What do they say? The path to success is not always a straight line? " He added, "He's had a bump in the road but at Derby he was up against the odds and did well while D.C United almost made the MLS play-offs," as reports the Mirror

Dewsnip praises Rooney's character, saying, "Knowing the kind of person he is he would have learned from all that. He will use that as incredible motivation."

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While working at the Everton academy where he also mentored Leon Osman, Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell, Dewsnip maintained a relationship with the stellar Rooney over the years. "When he went to Manchester United obviously we weren't around one another," he shared.

Speaking about re-connecting with Rooney later in their careers, Dewsnip said, "My next connection with him was when I left Everton to join England with all the junior teams. I would then start to meet him at St. George's Park.", .

"We would have a coffee together and talk. I would invite Wayne to speak to which ever age group I was in charge of at the time. It was nice to meet up again," Dewsnip added affectionately.

Dewsnip reminisced about a thrilling encounter last season when he and Kevin Nancekivell were at the helm of Plymouth Argyle after Steven Schumacher's departure to Stoke, resulting in a nail-biting 3-3 draw.

"The game was fantastic ending up 3-3, an absolute thriller," he said. "I put a 17-year-old on the pitch Freddy Issaka, who almost wins the game in the last minute for us and Wayne's looking at me with a knowing look because it's shades of him at the same age."

He also shed light on Wayne Rooney's ambition and his journey to becoming head coach at Plymouth, saying, "Regarding the job Wayne made the initial move that he wanted to be involved in the process of us looking for a head coach. We must have had around 80 showing an interest. We got it down to a smaller number and asked four to come for an interview. Wayne was one of them and deservedly won the day. He didn't receive any favours."

Dewsnip highlighted Rooney's drive to return to football management, despite his success as a TV pundit: "It came through very strongly that he was anxious to be actively involved again despite making a very favourable impression as a TV pundit. The desire was there."

He concluded by touching on Rooney's ultimate goal and the determination to achieve it: "He has gone on record saying that one day he would like to become manager of Manchester United. In order to do that he convinced us he was full of enthusiasm and had fire in his belly to do the best he possibly can at Argyle. If he doesn't then he won't progress to his dream job."