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Wayne Rooney unveiled as new DC United manager

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Wayne Rooney is headed back to the Black-and-Red.

The England legend, 36, won’t be playing for DC United this time around, as the manager is taking on his second managerial role following a well-praised run at troubled Derby County.

Rooney won’t begin his run as DC boss until the visa process is confirmed, and Chad Ashton will continue in the interim role for now.

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DC has won just five times in 17 matches this season, conceding the joint-most goals in MLS and boasting the second-worst goal differential despite having played the fewest times.

The Black and Red are nine points off the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot, and have attacking talent in newly-minuted All-Star playmaker Taxi Fountas as well as Ola Kamara

Rooney, the author of so many memorable Premier League moments with Manchester United and Everton, scored 23 times with 13 assists in 48 MLS appearances for DC.

Top 30 Premier League moments: No. 5 – Wayne Rooney scores incredible overhead kick

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To celebrate the 30th season of the Premier League, we are counting down and ranking our top 30 moments in Premier League history and this time Wayne Rooney takes center stage.

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That’s right, yours truly, Joe Prince-Wright, has selected the top 30 moments in PL history.

This is not only a huge honor, but also a huge headache. How on earth do you condense 30 seasons of magic into 30 individual moments!?

Well, we did it.


How will our Premier League top 30 moments work?

Before each matchweek from now until the end of the 2021-22 season we will unveil the latest moment, as we count down the top moments in PL history from 30 to 1.

From incredible goals to late title drama and emotional sendoffs to legendary players dazzling awe-inspired crowds, we’re going to celebrate and rank the best moments this wonderful league has produced.

Click on the video above to see number 5, as below we focus on one of the greatest goals in Premier League history as Wayne Rooney scored a sensational overhead kick for Manchester United against Manchester City.


Premier League Top 30 moments: Number 5 – Wayne Rooney scores incredible overhead kick for Manchester United vs Manchester City on February 12, 2011

This is right up there with the best goals in Premier League history. If not the best.

Wayne Rooney became the leading all-time goalscorer for Manchester United and England and aside from his sheer number of goals it was the spectacular nature of many which set him apart.

For this goal, when the cross came in from the right it was so high in the air and so far behind Rooney that nobody expected what came next. How did he jump that high and get that connection on his overhead kick effort!?

The noise at Old Trafford was sensational and to do this to score the winner against Manchester City (who were just establishing themselves as genuine Premier League title contenders) made it even better.

Rooney was, is and always will be a genius on the pitch. This was his finest piece of art.


Top 30 list

30: Dennis Bergkamp’s brilliant hat trick
29: Newcastle’s amazing comeback from 4-0 down
28: Heung-min Son’s stunning solo goal
27: Thierry Henry’s incredible volley v. Man United
26: Late drama in epic Manchester derby
25: Olivier Giroud scores sensational scorpion kick goal
24: Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira clash in tunnel
23: West Brom’s epic ‘Great Escape’ from relegation
22: Paolo Di Canio’s stunning scissor volley
21: Blackburn Rovers win title on final day
20: Cristiano Ronaldo scores stunning free kick
19: Kevin Keegan’s infamous rant
18: Chelsea win first-ever PL title, first league title in 50 years
17: David Beckham scores amazing goal from halfway line
16: Heart-wrenching Steven Gerrard slip costs Liverpool title
15: Manchester United, Arsenal clash in ‘Battle of the Buffet’
14: Wayne Rooney, 16, scores amazing goal: ‘Remember the name’
13: Eric Cantona scores incredible chip, then delivers iconic celebration
12: Sheikh Mansour buys Manchester City, as new era arrives
11: Alan Shearer breaks Newcastle’s all-time scoring record
10: Sir Alex Ferguson bids farewell, calls time on legendary coaching career
9: Liverpool win first Premier League trophy, first league title in 30 years
8: Goalkeeper Alisson scores dramatic season-saving goal
7: Jose Mourinho arrives in England at Chelsea, names himself ‘The Special One’
6: Liverpool beat Newcastle in all-time classic
5: Wayne Rooney scores incredible overhead kick in Manchester derby


Wayne Rooney says he turned down interview for Everton job

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As Everton start their search for a new manager, the Toffees will reportedly interview Frank Lampard and have made an enquiry to Derby about the availability of Wayne Rooney.

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The former England teammates are both on Everton’s short-list, as was their former boss Roberto Martinez.


UPDATE: Wayne Rooney said on Friday that while it was “a difficult decision,” he ultimately turned down the opportunity to interview for the Everton job this time around — quotes from the Guardian:

“Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the vacant job, which I turned down.

“I believe I will be a Premier League manager. I believe I’m ready for that, 100 percent. And if that is with Everton one day in the future, that would be absolutely great. But I’ve got a job here that I’m doing at Derby County, which is an important job to me.

“They got in touch with my agent, my agent let the administrators know as well, and yes, of course, it was a difficult decision for me.”


According to a report from the Daily Telegraph, Lampard has been offered an interview for the Everton job and they want to speak with Rooney too, as owner Farhad Moshiri looks at all of the available options after he fired Rafael Benitez over the weekend after just one win in their last 13 Premier League games.

Per the report, Everton have reached out to Derby County to see if they are able to approach the former Everton star about becoming their new manager. Derby are in a huge financial mess but will be reluctant to lose Rooney (he has a contract as Rams boss until the summer of 2023) as he’s held things together remarkably well at the Championship club following their 21-point deduction for financial issues.

Everton to go in a different direction?

It looks like their job-share proposal to Belgium for Roberto Martinez isn’t going to work out, so Everton are looking at other options.

And these options include young coaches who are in their first few jobs in the game.

Let’s face it, Everton have tried pretty much everything else since firing Martinez. After going through Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and now Benitez, they also lost Carlo Ancelotti as he decided to move on. Since Moshiri arrived in 2016 there have been constant changes in playing philosophy, recruitment and everything in-between.

Duncan Ferguson has taken caretaker charge initially. Maybe he could take on that role until the end of the season to see if more managers are available then and give Everton time to bring in more people behind-the-scenes and try to come up with a plan?

However, Moshiri appears to be prepared to take a bit of a risk on a younger, unproven coach.

Who is the better fit?

Rooney, 36, seems like the better fit for this job. Everton is his boyhood club who he played for twice and he clearly has something about him as a coach, at the very least from an organizational and motivational standpoint.

What Rooney has done at Derby over the last few months defies belief. They can hardly afford to pay players but with the current patched up squad, they would be in the top half of the Championship table if you take away their points deduction. That is seriously impressive.

As for Lampard, this could be a good landing spot from his point of view.

He was interviewed for the Crystal Palace and Norwich jobs but didn’t feel like either were right for him and the former Derby and Chelsea coach is waiting for the right job to come up rather than rush into things. Lampard’s teams at Derby and Chelsea played an open, attractive style and he prefers to give young players a chance.

Would Rooney be a success?

Everton will back either of these young coaches financially when it comes to new players, but there is so much work that needs to go on behind-the-scenes at Goodison to get things moving in the right direction.

At this point the manager is about the third or fourth most important thing to figure out for Moshiri. He needs a clear plan and identity for the club.

This job at this time seems perfect for Rooney, who can leave Derby on his own terms and their fans would understand. It would also excite Everton’s fans and Rooney could put a real plan in place for recruitment and to stamp his identity on the club.

There’s no doubt this opportunity has come a lot earlier than anyone, even Rooney, would’ve expected. But can he really turn Everton down if they come calling?

Report: Nuno in advanced talks to replace Ancelotti at Everton

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Farhad Moshiri probably wasn’t expecting to find himself in the market for a new manager this summer, but that’s exactly the reality for the Everton owner after Carlo Ancelotti’s surprising departure for Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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UPDATE: Nuno Espirito Santo is reportedly set for extended talks with Everton this weekend, as the two sides work toward an official appointment next week.

According to a report from the BBC, however, Moshiri and Co., are already hard at work to appoint Ancelotti’s successor. The names of current West Ham United (and former Everton) manager David Moyes and recently departed Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo were “prominent” in “a meeting of senior figures” at the club.

Moshiri will have understandably been impressed by Espirito Santo’s four seasons at Wolves, in which he got them promoted to the Premier League by winning the EFL Championship in year no. 1, then achieved back-to-back 7th-place finishes before sliding down the table for a disappointing — yet still respectable — 13th-place finish in 2021-22. Prior to season’s end, Nuno and Wolves had already agreed to mutually part ways in the summer.

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The same goes for Moyes, in his second spell at West Ham — ahead of perhaps a second spell at Goodison Park. Since returning to east London in December 2019, Moyes first managed to stabilize West Ham amid relegation worries. It was guiding the Hammers to a 6th-place finish and UEFA Europa League qualification in the most recent season which has Moyes’ name on a handful of shortlists these days.

Bookmakers say Nuno to Everton; Moyes a long shot

Espirito Santo is the bookmakers’ favorite at this time, with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, the unemployed (after leaving Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional) Rafa Benitez and Moyes rounding out the favorites.

There is, however, one surprising and interesting name being floated as a long-shot possibility: current Derby County manager Wayne Rooney, who famously came through the Everton youth academy on his ascent to global superstardom in the early 2000s.

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Promotion playoffs bracket set, Rooney’s Derby County avoids the drop

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It’ll be Brentford v Bournemouth and Swansea v Barnsley in the first round of the promotion playoffs after three of the four candidates to join Norwich City and Watford in the Premier League dropped points on Saturday.

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The mess at the bottom of the table was also cleaned up, with Wayne Rooney just steering Derby County clear of what would’ve been a shocking drop to League One.

Those dropping to League One are a little less shocking, at least in two of three cases. Wycombe Wanderers go back down with Rotherham United, while Derby’s Saturday opponents carry the most surprise.

Derby County 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday

Wayne Rooney’s wild first season as a manager ended safely Saturday when Martyn Waghorn’s two goals and assist helped the Rams rescue a point from last-place Sheffield Wednesday, who needed a win themselves to have hope of safety.

Rooney’s men saw a brief run of success when he took the reins but it all feel apart starting Feb. 26, as the Rams lost six-straight as part of a 1W-3D-10L run heading into Saturday’s decider.

A Wednesday win would’ve boosted them above County, so the Rams’ point, coupled with Wycombe’s win and Rotherham’s draw, kept the Rams outside the bottom three by one (though goal differential would’ve kept them clear of winning Wycombe).

Sheffield Wednesday’s nine-season Championship run is over, meaning the league return of Steel City derby is at least a season away despite Sheffield United’s relegation.

How will promotion playoffs play out?

Brentford has refound its form heading into the gauntlet, winners of four-straight, while Swansea has slipped lately and Barnsley and Bournemouth finished winners of 2-of-3.

The first legs are Monday, May 17, and the business ends conclude the following Saturday.

First legs

Bournemouth v Brentford — 1pm ET May 17
Barnsley v Swansea City — 3:15pm ET May 17

Second legs

Brentford v Bournemouth — 7:30am ET May 17
Swansea City v Barnsley — 12:30pm ET May 22

Championship playoff final

May 29 — TBD