Wayne Rooney touches down in Washington after ‘agreeing $1m-a-year deal’ to become DC United coach but ex-England captain travels alone after wife Coleen said US capital was ‘quite behind the UK’ when he played there
- Wayne Rooney has reportedly agreed a deal to become coach of DC United
- Ex-England striker played for the MLS franchise during 2018 and 2019 seasons
- He flew into Washington on Sunday night for talks with DC United officials
- Rooney, 36, arrived alone with wife Coleen struggling to settle there last time
Rooney, 36, played for DC United in 2018 and 2019, scoring 25 goals in 52 matches, and was filmed arriving at Dulles Airport on Sunday night as he closes in on a return in the dug-out.
Rooney travelled alone, without wife Coleen who struggled to settle in Washington when he was a player there.
Wayne Rooney has reportedly agreed terms to become coach of MLS team DC United, marking a return to the club he played for in 2018 and 2019
The former England captain touched down at Dulles Airport in Washington on Sunday night as he prepares to finalise his deal to take charge of the MLS club
Rooney’s wife Coleen (right) admitted moving to Washington in 2018 was ‘tough’ for her
The Washington Post reported that Rooney is close to agreeing a deal, with the ex-Everton and Manchester United forward telling reporters and fans at the airport he has a ‘few things to sort out.’
Rooney left League One side Derby County at the end of June having been unable to prevent the crisis-stricken club from relegation out of the Championship.
He received plenty of plaudits for the way he led a club in administration and severe financial difficulties.
The Post report that Rooney is expected to agree to a multi-year contract worth at least $1million (£830,000) annually. He will act as a consultant for DC United until he is granted a work permit, which typically takes two to three weeks.
Rooney will inherit a struggling team with DC second bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference, having won just five of 17 matches so far this season.
They were thrashed 7-0 by Philadelphia in their latest outing on Saturday, the heaviest defeat in the history of the club.
Rooney had a successful two year spell at DC United, where he scored 25 goals in 52 games
Rooney will take over from interim coach Chad Ashton, who is expected to return to the assistant coach role he has performed for the last 15 years. They sacked coach Hernan Losada back in April.
Rooney, who was at Wimbledon with wife Coleen and son Kai on Friday, had a successful two year spell with the Washington based side where he scored 25 goals in 52 games and energised the franchise though his family did struggle to settle in the United States.
The move may be easier to manager this time round as the MLS season is due to end in October unless teams are in the play-offs and they will be wrapped up in November with the World Cup in mind.
Rooney has spoken openly about his ambitions to continue coaching here with his ultimate goal to manage Manchester United but a spell back in America would add another string to his bow as he looks to make himself a more accomplished coach.
Rooney and wife Coleen were on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Friday afternoon
He has been asked to interview for the manager’s job at Everton previously and will not be short of offers when they arise in the Championship or beyond after the manner in which he handled himself and his players through Derby’s battle to survive – despite the obstacles and points penalties that were thrown against them.
However, Rooney’s wife Coleen could be reluctant for her husband to make the move back to the United States, after stating Washington ‘is quite behind the UK’ when the ex-Man United star moved to the club as a player.
In texts to Rebekah Vardy in 2018, which were revealed earlier this year amid the Wagatha Christie feud, Coleen said: ‘Hiya, hope your all week [well]. We’re ok thanks its tough being on your own though.’
Rooney scored 25 goals in 52 matches for DC United during two years as a player there
She added: ‘Washington isn’t the best….nice to visit but different to live. Not loads for the kids to do, mostly park, hardly any soft plays and things like that.
‘It’s quite behind the UK, which I never would have though. But we will get used to it (I hope).
‘Wayne is loving it, and the kids are fine, settled into school straight away. So really happy they are fine. Thanks for the message love xx.’