Wayne Rooney rumoured to be in talks to manage Plymouth Argyle

Wayne Rooney at Leeds United v Birmingham City
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Wayne Rooney, the former Manchester United and England star, is reportedly in discussions with Plymouth Argyle about a potential return to management at Home Park. This comes after his sacking as Birmingham City manager earlier this year, following a desperately poor run of results with just two wins in 15 matches.

The Express reports that Rooney could be named as Plymouth's new manager in the coming weeks, with negotiations said to be under way with the ex-England captain. According to The Telegraph, Argyle's chief executive Andrew Parkinson is behind the move to recruit Rooney.

Plymouth Argyle are currently seeking a new manager after parting ways with Ian Foster in April, only three months into his tenure. Interestingly, Rooney has an existing connection with Neil Dewsnip, Plymouth's director of football, who was head of Everton's academy when Rooney was developing his skills there as a teenager.

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The pair have reportedly remained close, with Dewsnip believed to be a key part in the potential appointment of Rooney as manager. After disappointment at Birmingham City, Rooney has spoken about his wish to return to football management.

Rooney's managerial career began in 2020 with two years at the helm of Derby County before an unsuccessful stint in Major League Soccer with D.C. United. He took over at Birmingham City in October 2023 and was fired in January 2024. Argyle finished 21st in the Championship last season, narrowing missing relegation.

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