Wayne Rooney has opened up on the time he had to approach a coach and communicate the teams point of view that they thought their coaching methods were not up to scratch.
Rooney confessed the approach during his weekly column although he did not mention the manager in question. Rooney captained Manchester United from 2011 until his departure to Everton in 2017.
“When players aren’t happy, they often go to the captain and you end up bein gthe one to present complaints. That can lead to dofficult conversations. At one club I was asked to go and tell the manager his training sessions were not good enough,” said the ex-United and England skipper.
“That’s not an easy one. ‘Excuse me, gaffer. The lads think your training’s s**t.’ It can be a lot to take on. You represent the player in meetings over the squad’s charity work and commercial activities.”
The England legend currently plays for Derby County in a player-coach role while also captaining the side. His focus will be to try and guide Derby back to top flite football when the season resumes with the side currently placed 12th but just five points off a spot in the play-offs.