Rooney still set for major Euro role after Argyle appointment

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Wayne Rooney will have to balance his new role as Plymouth Argyle boss with his BBC punditry duties for Euro 2024.

The former Manchester United star is part of the broadcaster's team in Berlin, but his schedule will clash with Argyle's pre-season training, which kicks off on July 2, just over a week before the Euros final.

Rooney plans to split his time between Berlin and Plymouth, ensuring he's present for the start of their season.

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This appointment at Home Park marks Rooney's return to management after his dismissal from Birmingham City, following their relegation to League One. Rooney's tenure at St Andrew's was brief, with only two wins from 15 matches.

Argyle, who narrowly avoided relegation themselves last season, are looking to establish their place in the Championship under Rooney's leadership, reports the Mirror.

On his new position, Rooney commented: "Taking this role at Plymouth Argyle feels like the perfect next step in my career and I would like to thank the Chairman and Board for the faith they have shown in me. 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.

"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. I can't wait for the Championship season to start in August."

Rooney's previous managerial roles included stints at Derby and Birmingham in the Championship. Despite his efforts, he was unable to prevent Derby from relegation, but the former England star is eager to demonstrate his managerial prowess.

Recently, Rooney has made a name for himself as a football pundit, contributing to the BBC's coverage of the FA Cup final. He has also provided analysis on Sky Sports, drawing on his illustrious playing career for insight.

This summer, he will join the likes of Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer in sharing his expert commentary.