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Wayne Rooney ‘approached’ over new job as Man United legend set for surprise manager interview

Wayne Rooney could be about to enter the world of management less than six months after being sacked by Birmingham.

It is reported that the 38-year-old, who only last 15 matches in the Midlands after his departure from DC United over the winter, has been approached for an interview by Plymouth.

The Telegraph state that he is among the candidates to take over Argyle following their narrow escape from relegation, and is in line after Paul Heckingbottom to be formally spoken too.

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The former Sheffield United boss is said to have been interviewed earlier this week, whilst Rooney’s relationship with Plymouth director of football Neil Dewsnip has given him the chance to improve his managerial standing after a bruising spell at St Andrews.

Rooney was at Everton when Dewsnip was a coach in the academy and it is reported that the pair have maintained a close relationship since. It would be his third managerial stint in England should he be successful.

The former Manchester United and England captain has already been confirmed as a pundit for BBC ahead of the European Championships this summer, but he has been open about aiming to return to the dugout.

“I definitely want to get back into management,” he said earlier this year after lasting just 83 days as John Eustace’s successor. “It was a setback what happened at Birmingham but I’m a fighter and I want to get back into it.

“You know as a manager (being sacked) is part of the job and you will have setbacks. It’s about how you bounce back. “I’ve had some good time to reflect and will make sure I get it right next time.”

Birmingham were relegated as the end of the season. Rooney has previously been in charge at Derby County and DC United in MLS.

Most recently he has been on Sky Sports as a pundit. Earlier this month I claimed that some United players that had been missing through injury could have been making appearances under Erik ten Hag.

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