Wayne Rooney risks Man Utd wrath as icon admits he'd love to work for Man City


Wayne Rooney has admitted he would ignore his Manchester United loyalties to work as the assistant under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola if the Catalan coach offered him a role. The former England captain spent 13 years at Old Trafford, but has claimed the chance to work with Guardiola would be too good to turn down.

Regarded as one of the club’s best-ever players, Rooney is adored by the Red Devils faithful, but even his connection with the United fanbase wouldn’t be enough for him to reject the opportunity to work under Guardiola. Speaking to the Stick to Football podcast, the now 38-year-old claimed if he was offered a job as the City manager’s assistant, he’d ‘walk there’.

“It depends [on whether I’d ever be an assistant] – if Pep Guardiola comes in and asks me to be his assistant, you’d walk there,” claimed Rooney. “But you see what Arteta is doing now and I strongly believe a lot of that is from learning what Guardiola was doing and so it depends on what the situation is.”

Mikel Arteta spent three years at City as the assistant manager and played a part in some of the club’s biggest achievements. Most notably the Blues’ 2017/18 campaign, where City waltzed to their first league title under Guardiola, while breaking the 100-point barrier in the process. They are the first and only side to have ever achieved that in the Premier League.

The current Arsenal manager has spoken fondly of his time in Manchester, with Rooney believing his current success at Arsenal is in part down to the time spent with Guardiola. But for Rooney, things haven’t gone quite as well for him since he hung up his boots and transitioned into management.

After spells with Derby County and D.C. United, Rooney was appointed as Birmingham City boss in October 2023. However, his reign in charge of the Championship side lasted just two months, with the ex-Everton man sacked after 15 matches in charge.

When asked whether he’s looking to return to the dugout, Rooney said: “I want to get back into managing and I want to prove myself – whether that’s League Two, League One or Championship.

“It’s all experience – I’m only 38, I’ve had three managerial jobs. I’ve got quite a bit of experience, like with Derby in administration, and going out to the States [to manage D.C. United]. I’ve got a bit of experience to lean on now, I’m still young in terms of a manager.

“I’ve been off work for a month or so, and it’s the first time I’ve been able to enjoy the time with my kids, and getting up every morning, taking them to school, going to watch them play football, because obviously I lived in the States as well – I missed a lot of that.

“So, you’ve got that and then there’s different businesses that have got different opportunities to do things, but I want to go down the managerial route. If that doesn’t work, at least I can turn around and say you know what I gave it a go and it didn’t work out.”

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