Wayne Rooney has broken his silence after announcing he would be resigning from his post as manager of Derby County last week.
Rooney, who resigned last week hours after it was announced that Clowes Developments had been successful in purchasing Pride Park, spent 18 months in charge of the club having initially arrived as a player.
Posting on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, Rooney thanked all the players and staff for their support over the last three years and said that this had been one of the ‘hardest’ decisions of his career.
He wrote: ‘A massive thank you to all the fans, players, and staff at Derby for your support over the last three years.
‘This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my career.’
He added: ‘Thanks for taking me in as one of your own. Please get behind the next manager and give them what you gave me, trust, loyalty, and unbelievable support. Some great memories I’ll never forget.’
In his first managerial role, Rooney was praised for his professionalism and ability to inspire a Derby team who were in an uncertain place with the club’s immediate future in serious doubt.