Stan Collymore believes Eddie Howe and Sam Allardyce aren’t the right men for Derby County but, speaking to The Mirror (17 November, page 47), he has doubts over Wayne Rooney too.
After Phillip Cocu joined the long list of managers thrown on the scrapheap during an international break, the Rams are looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow underachievers Sheffield Wednesday by switching things up on the sidelines.
But while Wednesday flirted with handing the reins to a left-field option, having considered Phil Neville and Sol Campbell after sacking Garry Monk, the Owls plumped for the battle-scarred experience of Tony Pulis.
It seems unlikely Derby will do the same, however.
The Daily Mail reports if player-coach Rooney doesn’t take Cocu’s place, the job could go to another former England captain – Aston Villa assistant John Terry.
And while Collymore is concerned Rooney would fail to emulate the success of former teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the dugout, he thinks Derby should take a risk rather than hire someone who has been there and done it.
“I’d much rather (Rooney) be given the chance than the likes of Sam Allardyce or even Eddie Howe,” the Nottingham Forest legend says, discarding men who guided West Ham and Bournemouth to promotion.
“Liam Rosenior, who is already on the coaching staff at Pride Park, would work perfectly with Rooney.
“The fact he is a bright, young coach who can be a sensible voice post-match and a trusted lieutenant makes him an absolute must.
“As a manager, I’m struggling to see (Rooney being a success)… unless he surrounds himself with the right people. The slight doubt I have is I’m not convinced he’s savvy enough to be able to communicate effectively… with players, owners and, most importantly, fans.”
Collymore backs reports suggesting Rooney could also look to bring in former Manchester United teammate Darren Fletcher – as level-headed a man as you will find – as his assistant at Pride Park.