Today, Wayne Rooney takes charge of his first game from the dugout as a certified football manager by leading Derby County FC out against AFC Bournemouth.
How will Wayne Rooney perform in his first real test with a team that has lost four of its last five games and also lost seven Championship games this season with a 1-0 score which is at least three more than any other club in that league?
If Derby lose against AFC Bournemouth’s team which might feature Jack Wilshere in today’s match, this will be the first time since 2002 when Derby County lost their first four opening matches of a calendar year in all competitions.
The Rams were relegated from the English Premier League (EPL) in 2002 when that sad omen occurred. Hopefully, that cruel history does not repeat itself today with this Championship match.
Jack Wilshere just joined AFC Bournemouth on a 6-months contract after training with them in the past few months to regain fitness from his lingering injuries. The Vitality Stadium is a well-known stumping ground for Jack Wilshere as he spent the 2016-2017 season there on loan from his childhood club, Arsenal FC.
Hopefully, Jack Wilshere will permit his ex-national team colleague the chance to shine on his first big day as a football manager. If he (Wilshere) plays today.
Rooney’s balls will have be made of pure titanium today to ensure his first game does not end as a defeat and also not spell doom for a team that is already in shambles.
The Cherries are currently 3rd on the Championship table, while Rooney’s Derby County sit at the 23rd position of the table out of 24 teams.
Best of luck to Rooney. Welcome back, Wilshere!
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