Wayne Rooney aims light-hearted dig at ex-Man United team-mate Gary Neville after starting new job

Wayne Rooney aimed a light-hearted dig at Gary Neville when explaining why he chose to become the new manager of Plymouth Argyle.

Rooney held his first press conference as coach of the Pilgrims on Thursday having been confirmed as the club’s new head coach back in May. Since then, the Manchester United legend has been keeping busy with a range of punditry appearances on Sky Sports and BBC Sport.

The 38-year-old was also recently hired as a guest on Neville’s Overlap YouTube channel, featuring Roy Keane, Ian Wright, Jill Scott and Jamie Carragher. With many opportunities opening up in the world of media following his disastrous spell at Birmingham City, many have questioned Rooney’s decision to rush back into the dugout.

Shedding light on his motivation, he joked: “I don’t want to become the next Gary Neville! I have a desire, a passion with football and a love for football and I’ve always had that.

“The last few months have been very strange for me. Since January it’s been a real strange time being at home. I’ve done bits of TV work, but my real desire is to get back into management.”

“I think my teams have always been very well organised but we play good football and team football. Of course you want to score goals, that’s what everyone wants to see, and my style of play and how we play is all aimed to do that. So it’s a lot of work now to get that into the players over the next five or six weeks for the first game of the season.

“Normally pre-season over the years when I was training – it went from running on the beach to the first week you don’t see the ball. Every day the players get the ball out and I think it’s really important that they understand how you want to play positionally.”

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