Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has uncovered that he turned down an approach to discuss the vacant Everton manager’s job, saying he wasn’t prepared to leave his current job at second-tier Derby.
Rooney, who began his playing career at Everton and had a second spell at Goodison Park prior to retiring, said he was approached via his agent and thought long and hard prior to declining the open door at the Premier League club.
Talking at his press conference on Friday, the Derby County manager said: “Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the vacant job, which I turned down.
“I believe that I will be a Premier League manager and I believe I’m ready for that 100 percent, and if that is with Everton one day in the future that’d be absolutely great. But I’ve got a job here to do at Derby County which is an important job to me,” Rooney was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Inquired as to whether it was a hard choice to not speak to Everton, Rooney added, “Yes, of course, I did [think hard about it]. They got in touch with my agent and my agent let the administrators know as well. Of course, it was a very difficult decision for me.”