Wayne Rooney ready for busy month as he starts Plymouth Argyle role

New Plymouth Argyle head coach Wayne Rooney
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By his own admission, the next month is going to be busy for new Plymouth Argyle boss Wayne Rooney. But the thing he is looking forward to most is getting to work at Home Park.

The 38-year-old football legend was announced as the new head coach of the Pilgrims on Saturday, just minutes before forming part of the BBC’s punditry team for the FA Cup final. The next month will see Rooney continue to work as a pundit for the BBC at the European Championships, which he will juggle with family life and his new role at Home Park.

But in his first interview with the club, Rooney admits he can’t wait to get back on the training ground and start working with a new group of players when they return for pre-season training ahead of the 2024/25 season.

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“It’s going to be really busy,” the former Manchester United, Everton and England star said. “Every day now is a working day, if you like, whether that’s here or I am with my children for days - and I have some commitments with the European Championships as well but, ultimately, every day is geared up to try and bring players in, working with the coaches on how we want to play, or the structure on how we want to play and getting ready for pre-season training.

“It’s a busy month, but I am excited about it and ultimately, the exciting thing is getting back to pre-season and working with the players.”

Argyle are yet to announce their pre-season plans, while the search for new players takes on a new dimension with Rooney, such a revered figure in the world of football, now in charge.

However, while his appointment will make many jaws drop, there are some that have questioned the appointment after a pretty disastrous spell in charge of Birmingham City, who were relegated from the Championship as Argyle survived on the final day of the season.

All managers have a blip on their CV, though, but Rooney is certainly sounding like a man that knows he has something to prove, but will be throwing himself fully into his new role with the Pilgrims.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “It is my first time here, but obviously I have had discussions throughout the month to get to this point and I am very pleased and delighted and I am really excited to get started.

“Since January, I have had time to reflect on my previous job and really, coming here last season with Birmingham, I was really impressed with the fans and the set-up and once this role was available, I spoke with my agent and really wanted to explore it and see if there was an opportunity of me coming into the football club.

“I went through a thorough process alongside a lot of other experienced manager and thankfully, the board and the owner felt I was the right man for the job and I was delighted with that and I am just looking forward to getting started really and trying to help move this club forward.”

Rooney added: “I really felt it was a tight club with the community and the fans and the whole club felt connected and that really impressed me.

“I remember I actually got lost in the car park! I had my car here and was walking around the car park getting followed by a lot of fans, so that was a good experience! But that day, it was a really good game, a good atmosphere inside the stadium and that stuck with me.”