Wayne Rooney ‘will be tempted to take Burnley job even if Clarets are relegated from the Premier League’ – with Derby boss ‘top of list of candidates to replace Sean Dyche as American owners look to add star quality’ in the dugout at Turf Moor
- Sean Dyche was sacked as Burnley boss; Mike Jackson is in temporary charge
- Clarets look unlikely to appoint a permanent boss before the end of the season
- Derby boss Wayne Rooney is reportedly the No 1 choice for chairman Alan Pace
- And he would be tempted regardless of what division they’re in next season
Wayne Rooney has reportedly emerged as Burnley’s No 1 target to take over as manager at Turf Moor – and the Derby boss will be tempted even if the Clarets are relegated to the Championship.
Burnley dispensed with long-serving manager Sean Dyche two weeks ago as they battle to stay in the Premier League, with Under-23s boss Mike Jackson placed in caretaker charge.
Given a good run of of seven points from three games, Burnley look unlikely to appoint a full-time manager before the end of the season but The Sun reports that Manchester United and England legend Rooney tops their list of candidates for the summer.
Wayne Rooney has reportedly emerged as Burnley’s No 1 target to take over as manager
The Premier League club dispensed with long-serving manager Sean Dyche two weeks ago
The report details that the 36-year-old is keen to manage in the Premier League but would still be tempted by the Burnley job if they went down a division
It adds that Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder, Sunderland’s Alex Neil and ex-Bolton, West Ham and Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce are also on the radar of Burnley chairman Alan Pace.
The American, leading ALK Capital’s £170m takeover in December 2020, made the move 13 days ago to sack Dyche, who was the Premier League’s longest-serving manager having been in charge of the club for 10 years.
Pace is keen to add Rooney’s ‘star quality’ to the dugout, the report adds.
Burnley chairman Alan Pace is reportedly keen to add Rooney’s ‘star quality’ to the dugout
Yet since Jackson became the top-dog in the dugout, Burnley have beaten Southampton and Wolves and drawn away to West Ham.
They are currently in 17th place with five matches to play, two points ahead of Everton who have a game in hand.
Rooney, meanwhile, is seeing out the season at Derby after their relegation to League One was confirmed last week.
Since Mike Jackson took temporary charge, Burnley have claimed seven points from nine
The Rams had been docked a total of 21 points due to their crippling financial situation and entering administration.
Rooney’s side fought valiantly to stay up nonetheless and the ex-Everton player – who was linked with the Toffees job earlier this year before Frank Lampard’s appointment – admitted he was ‘proud’ of his side despite their relegation.
He also spoke outside the training ground with fans, signaling his ‘plan to get Derby back’ ahead of their campaign in League One next season.
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