Derby eventually appointed Rooney’s successor as Paul Warne as new manager

Derby have confirmed the appointment of Paul Warne as the club’s new permanent manager.

Warne, 49, who has been promoted Sky Bet Championship Three times with Rotherham, emerged as the favorite to succeed Wayne Rooney A week after the Rams started the season under interim boss Liam Rosenier.

Derby said in a statement: “Derby County The Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Warne as Head Coach.

“Warne has joined the club with immediate effect on a contract until the summer of 2026.

“As was made clear over the summer, the intention of the Board was to take some time to evaluate every aspect of the club and having done so, we believe that Paul’s track record of success at this level will be fulfilled in our long-term strategy. Kind of fits.”

Following Rooney’s resignation in June, acting boss Rosenier was supported by Derby’s new owners, Claus Developments, to make the job his own.

But the 38-year-old, who was Rooney’s assistant, has been relieved of his duties and it is unclear whether he will remain at Pride Park.

Derby confirmed that Warne’s Rotherham coaching staff – assistant head coach Richie Barker, first team coach Matt Hamshaw and first team goalkeeper coach Andy Warrington – have joined the club.

The Rams said: “Paul’s arrival means the end of Liam Rosenier’s tenure as interim manager and, on behalf of everyone at Pride Park Stadium, we have been through an incredibly difficult period and to help stabilize the club.” I would like to thank Liam for all his efforts under the new ownership.”

Warne, who spent six seasons at Rotherham, will lead his first match for the Cambridge Derby on October 1 after the international break.

Derby said: “We would like to thank Rotherham United and their chairman Tony Stewart for all their assistance during this process.”

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Warne had been in charge of the Millers since 2016 and also oversaw three relegations from the Championship while operating under significant financial sanctions.

He guided Rotherham to eighth place after nine games this season – their best start in the second level since the 1960s.

Rotherham said: “While we are disappointed to see Paul and his staff depart, they do so with our best wishes and thanks to their commitment to their roles here with Rotherham United.

“His departure now provides the club with an exciting opportunity to bring in a new team of coaching staff with a fresh perspective and build on our excellent start to the 2022–23 Sky Bet Championship season.”

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