TV broadcasters are battling it out to sign Wayne Roney ahead of next season following his resignation as manager of Derby County.
The Manchester United legend, 36, stood down from his post as Rams boss "with immediate effect" on Friday (June 24) after a turbulent 18 months in charge of the recently-relegated East midlands outfit. Despite a hefty 21-point deduction and struggles regarding finances, Rooney claimed plaudits for almost masterminding the greatest of great escapes.
While in charge of Derby, the former Man Utd forward was the no.1 choice to succeed Sean Dyche at Burnley, but the Clarets have since opted for ex-Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany
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Now expected to take some time out from management to assess his options, Rooney is eyeing a return to TV punditry and, according to the Sun, all the big-hitters are vying for his signature. A source has allegedly claimed both BT Sport and Sky are desperate to land England's all-time record goalscorer after proving his worth on the box last season.
Replacing ex-teammate Gary Neville for a one-off appearance on Monday Night Football, Rooney joined Jamie Carragher for Sky's coverage of Crystal Palace vs Arsenal and immediately flaunted his expert knowledge.
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As well as aiming a few sly digs in Carragher's direction, the former United was unafraid of voicing his opinions and even left the ex-Liverpool defender speechless with his analysis on legendary Reds skipper Steven Gerrard.
The report claims Rooney can virtually name his price ahead of the new season with BBC and ITV also keen on adding to their star-studded TV line-ups. The former Derby boss is intent on returning to management at a later date but will wait for the right opportunity.
TV work will also allow Rooney to combine doing his coaching badges alongside his punditry duties which is why a return to the box is said to be appealing.
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