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Wayne Rooney shows he’s learned from Sir Alex Ferguson with furious Derby dressing room story


Former Manchester United skipper Rooney has been speaking about anger in a podcast with former boxing champion and fellow Scouser Tony Bellew

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Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has revealed the time when he channelled his inner Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Rooney says he “erupted” in the dressing room after a game last season, giving his players a mouthful – despite them having just won a game!

England and Manchester United legend Rooney was made permanent manager of Derby back in January.

But barely a month into the role, he says he turned the air blue in the changing room after a Championship game away against fellow strugglers Wycombe.

County actually won that match at Adams Park last February, thanks to a last-minute winner from defender Andre Wisdom.

But it didn’t spare the players getting a lengthy telling-off from an exasperated Rooney.

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The 35-year-old made the admission whilst appearing on the BBC’s new ‘ Tony Bellew is Angry’ podcast.

Speaking to the former boxer and fellow Liverpudlian, Rooney says it wasn’t quite on the scale of the hairdryer treatment dished out by United legend Ferguson.

But it did reflect his winning mentality and his desire to always set high standards.

He said: “Last season we played Wycombe away and we were horrendous. We were terrible and I was fuming because the performance didn’t represent me, and what I wanted from the players.

“We were at 1-1 and then in the last minute we’ve got a free-kick. Now I’m leaning against the dugout and I’ve already got it in my head what I’m going to say to the players: I was going to erupt.

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“Anyway, we go and score and win the game 2-1. Then we’re in the dressing room I stood at the back and watched the players come in. They’re high-fiving each other and you could see they’re buzzing.

Wayne Rooney barely reacted to Derby’s late winner at Wycombe last season – as he was fuming with the performance

“So I let that happen but then I said ‘turn the music off’ and then it was just ten minutes of me erupting, at the top of my voice.

“I remember for a few of the lads it was their first game and I remember looking at their eyes and they’re thinking ‘what is going on here?’

“I just went after them because I think you need to set standards. Even though we won the game, I think that can sometimes be the best time to have a go at them.”

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Rooney is still in his first year of management, having been given the Derby job full-time in January

Rooney has had more than his fair share to deal with, less than a year into his first management gig.

The club has been embroiled in botched takeovers, relegation fights and legal wrangles with the EFL. They are also operating under a transfer embargo and could even be hit with a points deduction in the near future.

Despite all that, County have started the season better than most expected with six points from as many games so far.

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