Ex-players deserve a chance at management, says former Premier League manager

Friday, March 6th, 2020 4:31pm

By Will Taylor @wtbroadcast

Ex-Hull City manager Phil Brown has said he’s not sure how well Wayne Rooney would fare in management, but does think ex-players deserve a chance at management.

​Wayne Rooney played against his beloved Manchester United in the FA Cup for Derby County last night, seeing his current side succumb to a 3-0 defeat at Pride Park.

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Rooney joined Derby in January as a player-coach, and it has been said he might become the Derby manager after Phillip Cocu and follow in Frank Lampard’s footsteps as an ex-player who has embarked on a career in top-flight management. 

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Former manager Phil Brown, with a wealth of top tier experience and famed for his scathing team talk away at Manchester City where he lectured the players on the pitch, spoke to Johnny Burrow and David Prutton on Posh Boys on Love Sport Drive yesterday evening, where he gave his thoughts on players becoming managers

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"A lot of people used to say that great players don't make great managers. But, you know, they're out there that they're flying in the wind and trying to get their careers off and running. 

"They deserve a chance, no doubt about it."

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When the former Hull City manager was asked how he thought Wayne Rooney would fare as a manager ahead of Manchester United and Derby’s FA Cup tie, he had this to say: "I don't quite know Wayne that well.

"I met Frank [Lampard] on a few occasions. I met Steve [Gerrard] on a few occasions, but Wayne sort of kept himself to himself, maybe because of his private life.

"But when you're a manager, you're out there and you're there to be criticised by all and it doesn't matter who you are. You're out there. It's a totally different career from playing, and whether you can do it or not remains to be seen."

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