Derby County make decision on Wayne Rooney's future after showdown talks

There were reports that Rooney’s job was ‘on a knife edge’ after photos of him asleep in a hotel room with women posing alongside him went viral earlier this week

Rooney is in his first managerial role at Derby

Derby County will not dismiss Wayne Rooney as manager after he held talks with club owner Mel Morris.

The club had been left angered after photos of the Rams boss asleep in a hotel room with women posing alongside him went viral earlier this week.

Morris and the club’s owners are said to have been angered by the fallout from the photos – which Rooney contacted the police over – although there has been no indication of the former Manchester United and England forward indulging any inappropriate behaviour.

Rooney had informed Derby of the photos soon after they went viral, with the club issuing a statement on Tuesday.

The statement read: “Wayne Rooney informed the club that the pictures had emerged and that they had been taken without his knowledge or approval..”

Rooney is gearing up for the new season with Derby


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Police confirmed that they had dropped the investigation into the photos on Tuesday, deciding that no offence had been committed.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “On Monday 26 July Cheshire Constabulary received reports of a possible blackmail relating to a number of images circulating online.

“Officers have spoken to the person involved and are satisfied that no offences have taken place.

“The person involved has also stated that they do not wish to take the matter any further.”

The incident have come at a time when Derby are in deep financial trouble, with the club possessing just nine senior players on their books ahead of the new campaign, two of whom are goalkeepers.

Speaking ahead of last weekend’s friendly at Salford, Rooney said: “It’s very tough.

Rooney only just kept Derby in the Championship last season

“They have said we can sign four players but really it’s going to be very difficult for us to bring any players in under the circumstances we are in. It is my job to bring some dignity and some pride back to this club.

“I think the fans need to see that.

“Myself, the coaches, the players are all working towards that but where we are at, if we can’t bring any players in it will be very difficult for me to put a team out to start the first game of the season.

“So, we need help from other people, hopefully, that comes, hopefully, we can get that because if not we won’t be able to compete.”


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