EPL: Wayne Rooney speaks on becoming coach of Man Utd’s rivals

Former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, has played down speculation he is keen to become coach of Red Devils’ rivals, Everton.

Reports had earlier emerged that Rooney is being considered for the Everton managerial role if Rafa Benitez is sacked.

Everton have won just once in their last 11 matches and although they picked up a morale-boosting point against injury-ravaged Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

Speaking on the development, Rooney, who is currently the manager of Derby County, said he had no communication with Everton to replace Benitez.

Rooney told BBC Radio Derby: “I obviously came up through Everton’s academy and am an Everton fan. I see the reports, but I have had no communication with Everton.

“As far as I am aware, they have got a manager in place, so for me to discuss anything like that, it’s not my place to do that – and as I have said, I’m committed to this club.

“As I say, I’ve had no conversations with Everton football club regarding the manager’s job, so it’s not even something I’m thinking about.”