Wayne Rooney: I want to learn the art of management in the lower leagues

01 January 2011 12:21
Wayne Rooney last night revealed he wants to become a manager but is anxious to learn the ropes in the lower leagues first.

Bored: Wayne Rooney waits by the side of the road for the Manchester United team bus

The Manchester United striker also admitted, in an interview on the club's TV channel, that he was wrong to question the ambition of boss Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill during the 'Rooneygate' saga of October.

The England striker, who is studying for his coaching badges, said: 'I wouldn't like to start at an Everton or a Man United. I'd rather go down and learn something about the lower leagues.'

Rooney was on the brink of leaving Old Trafford before he made a dramatic U-turn in signing a five-year, £200,000-a-week deal. He said: 'I went to see the manager and David Gill and asked them for answers.

'Now I realise it has nothing to do with me. I got the answers in the end but, looking back, it was probably wrong.'

Rooney spoke candidly about the night angry fans turned up at his Cheshire mansion to protest. 'I looked out and saw 30 blokes with their hoods up,' he said.

'I think they wanted me to invite them in! I understand many of the fans will have felt let down. Towards the end, when it all came out, it did look like it had gone too far.

'There was no way I'd have gone to Manchester City, and there was more chance of me going there than Liverpool. I'm signed here until I'm 30 now, so I'm hoping I can stay.'

The 25-year-old has not scored in open play for 18 games and is desperate for a goal at West Brom today, with United missing flu-ridden Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar. Ferguson has ruled out any signings this month and Federico Macheda is set to go out on loan, probably to Genoa.

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Meanwhile, United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen has become the first member of Ferguson's staff to admit the club feared Rooney was about to join City.

Writing in the Mancunian Magazine, published in Holland, Meulensteen said the Rooney issue was 'a matter for the manager to protect the value of the player for the club and to ensure he would not join City.'

Meulensteen joked: 'All of us staff, coaches, masseurs, groundsmen, etc put on our balaclavas and went over to Rooney's home to explain to him that going to City was not done.

'Rooney stayed, extended his contract and got a nice salary increase. However, the real winner is the great Alex Ferguson.'

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Source: Daily_Mail