Derby County manager Wayne Rooney recently discussed his relationship with Mel Morris and took a look towards the club’s future.
In an interview with RamsTV, the 35-year-old thanked Morris for giving him his first opportunity in football management, as well as outlining his desire to push the club forward next season following an extremely disappointing Championship campaign last time out.
Rooney said: “I am very grateful to this football club and Mel Morris for putting me in charge and having faith in me. Now it is on me to repay that and the best way to repay that is to win games.
“I am committed to this club; I feel now we have got through a very tough period and there is a great opportunity now for us to push forward.
“We need to bring a lot of players in to do that and those plans are underway and. If we do that, if we can get the players in that I want, then the future is very bright.”
With Derby narrowly avoiding relegation to the third tier of English football, as well as having to endure two failed takeover attempts and facing a likely points deduction next term for breaking the EFL’s Financial Fair Play rules, there has not been a great deal to shout about for fans of the club this season.
However, the latest comments made by Rooney can easily be viewed as a positive step for the club, as the former Manchester United man clearly believes in the project at Pride Park and it looks like there are plans in place to bring players in too.
Indeed, the infrastructure at Derby would appear to give the 35-year-old a very solid base to build on in the summer transfer window, and, with a few astute signings during the off season, the Rams could easily find themselves back towards the right end of the second tier table next season.
This is something that would undoubtedly be aided by the takeover of the club going through, something that appears a likely possibility this summer, with recent reports revealing that there are a number of interested parties who are in discussions with Morris regarding the purchase of Derby.
As such, as long as their off-field issues are sorted in a timely fashion, the Rams’ future could indeed be bright as Rooney suggests – a prospect that will leave fans of the club buzzing.