Jordan thinks Rooney is a ‘bloody fool’ after his shock exit from Derby County amid the Rams’ ongoing financial struggles


Simon Jordan has branded Wayne Rooney a ‘bloody fool’ for leaving Derby County amid their ongoing financial struggles.

The England legend, 36, quit his role with the Rams on Friday after 19 months in charge.

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Rooney left the Rams on Friday after 19 months in charge

The Manchester United icon has been hailed for his leadership through such difficult times last season, which saw Derby suffer a 21-point deduction for going into administration and breaching EFL accounting rules.

However, former Crystal Palace owner and talkSPORT host Jordan believes Rooney should have stayed put following the Rams’ relegation to League One as he may struggle to secure another role at a higher level.

“He will have learned a lot from that,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.

“Someone asked me earlier if that meant he was a shoo-in for a Premier League job. They butted heads.

“He is far from that. I’d be surprised if Wayne got another championship job soon.

“I think he’s a fool. You have a club that has fallen in Ligue 1 with 28,000 fans who are going to be galvanized by the ying-yang.


Jordan was unimpressed with Rooney's decision to leave Derby

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Jordan was unimpressed with Rooney’s decision to leave Derby

“You have an owner who comes there – he also bought the stadium, so he’s not kidding – I think he [Rooney] is a fool.

“If he thinks his currency will improve elsewhere, because it’s a bit more difficult in Ligue 1 and it may take a bit more maneuvering and manipulation.

“League One is not a full quality division. If Derby can get players, short term, into the building and build on it with 28,000 fans and the momentum behind that, you must be crazy. [to leave]. This is the place to stay.

Rooney, who is now having his first full summer break in 20 years, has previously claimed Derby needs “fresh energy” amid their ongoing financial problems.

Rooney left Derby and the baton was handed over to Liam Rosenior

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Rooney left Derby and the baton was handed over to Liam Rosenior

“Over the summer I have been closely following developments regarding Derby County ownership,” he told the club’s official website.

“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In all honesty to them, they tried very hard to change my decision, but my decision was socket.

“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, ups and downs, but I have to say I enjoyed the challenge.

“Personally, I think the club now needs to be run by someone with fresh energy and unaffected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months.

“I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, my players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.

“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the management of the club. I tell them this, Derby County are a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and lots of success for the future.

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