According to The Chronicle, Wayne Rooney has put himself forward for the Newcastle United job on a short-term basis.
Lee Ryder claims that the Man Utd legend is eager to replace Steve Bruce and would be ready to step in until the end of the season should the 60-year-old leave in the coming days.
Rooney is currently in charge of cash-strapped Derby County – a Championship side who sit rock bottom of the second tier after administration saw them hit with a heavy points deduction.
Amidst the ongoing uncertainty at Pride Park, the report states that he could walk away from the Rams at any stage.
It’s said he’d bring former NUFC stopper Shay Given with him should he get the job at St James’ Park, with the Irishman currently a first-team coach at Derby.
That said, I’d be highly surprised if our new owners took Rooney up on his offer.
After all, he’s hugely inexperienced and is yet to prove himself at Championship level – never mind keep up a side currently second bottom in the Premier League after no wins all season.
Here’s what Rooney told The Chronicle when asked about the club over the summer:
“Players I knew who played for the club always said it was such a fantastic place to play football because the fans are out of this world.
“Their away support has to be one of the best as well, they create an incredible atmosphere everywhere they go.”
He may well be keen, but I highly doubt we are.