Given Derby’s current off-the-field situation, it would be of little surprise if Wayne Rooney walked away from the club.
Rooney has done minor miracles at Pride Park since replacing Philip Cocu in the middle of last year.
He kept the Rams alive in the Championship last season, saving their status on their final day.
He has them at the top of the table this time, despite an EFL transfer embargo that was imposed in summer. This restricted their business to loans and free transfers on maximum six-month contracts.
Rooney is now faced with a daunting task of keeping Derby in the division. Derby could face a 12-point demotion after they announced their intention to go into administration.
With that in mind, Daily Star Sport look at four clubs where the Manchester United legend could go next in his managerial career.
Daniel Farke’s time at Norwich City could be coming to an end very soon if recent results continue.
The Canaries are currently at the bottom of the Premier League, having lost five of their first five games.
Rooney may be able help them with this. They have also conceded the most goals within the division.
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Remarkably, despite their transfer woes and Rooney’s reputation as one of the game’s greatest forwards, Derby have the joint-second best defensive record in the Championship.
Carrow Road would welcome some of this strength at the back as the Canaries attempt to remain in the top flight.
Swansea recently appointed Russell Martin to replace Steve Cooper, but things don’t seem to be working out at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans currently sit below Derby in their table. They have only won one of eight Championship matches and scored seven goals while shipping 11.
Through his time at Pride Park, Rooney has vast experience of working with a squad of youngsters and defying the odds, as would be his remit in south Wales.
Martin deserves a chance at steadying the ship. However, Rooney could be very unfavorable if things do not go his way.
Ok, crossing the divide between Derby and Nottingham Forest would be a controversial move, but stranger things have happened.
Rooney could be the man to fill the City Ground vacancy left by Chris Hughton’s departure.
He is not only an England legend who enjoys a challenge but also has the personality to unite Forest’s large squad and get them playing exciting, attacking soccer again.
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This is a great opportunity to meet Max Lowe (ex-Delaware youngster) and James Garner (Manchester United loanee).
There have been many things that Forest have failed to do over the past decade.
Rooney possesses one essential quality that would endear him to Newcastle fans from minute one – he’s not Steve Bruce.
Although it’s funny, Bruce could soon be leaving St. James Park, which would allow Rooney to try out the Premier League.
Not only does the 35-year-old share the same passion as the Geordie Nation, he also has experience of working on a tight budget, something that should help curry favour with Mike Ashley too.