Wayne Rooney has been told he is “very, very lucky” to still have his job as Derby County Manager, with the boss being asked to “take a good look” after his latest tabloid scandal.
England and Manchester United and the young manager received career and life advice from two mainstays of the game, Ian Holloway and Tony Cascarino.
Rooney apologized to his family and club after images emerged of a drunken night of a 35-year-old man in a hotel room with three women.
Despite much criticism, the Rams backed their head coach, with Rooney expressing his gratitude and regret for the scenes that went viral on social media last week.
“I made a mistake,” he told Sky Sports. “I went to a private party with two of my friends. For my part, I would like to apologize to my family and the club for the images that were circulating.
“I want to move forward on this. I am grateful to Derby County for giving me this opportunity to put this club in its place. I will do everything in my power to do so.
Holloway is a huge Rooney fan, and says his “phenomenal football brain” means he deserves a top job in England.
However, the veteran manager urged the former striker to realize the “enormous responsibility” he has as a manager and leader, admitting he is lucky he was not sent off by Derby.
“His career has been absolutely amazing and I think the game needs his brain adding to the game,” Holloway told talkSPORT 2 on the EFL Show.
“But as a leader you have to do things that will make people want to follow you, and he has to realize that right now there is a huge responsibility in that job.
“Right now, it’s very, very lucky that they [Derby] support it.
“It’s a whole new ball game for Wayne and I hope he gets it right, I sincerely hope he gets it right.
“But I think he needs to take a step back and take a good look at himself.”
Former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland forward Cascarino also urged Rooney to “show more maturity” after being given a huge Derby opportunity, but says he has a long way to go for atone for his behavior.
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“I know Wayne’s behavior has been questioned by a lot of people,” said the host of the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“Presidents across the country would have looked at Wayne and thought, ‘I’m not sure I want Wayne to be in my club,’ based on what happened this week.
“Now Derby is backing him up, but there is a world in the game where former players, pundits, coaches, owners, managers of football clubs are all going to think, ‘Does Wayne deserve the chance to run a club? quality football from Derby Country?
“This is his danger.
“I, like Ian Holloway, would like Wayne to be successful, but he needs to be a lot more mature.”