Two years ago if someone would have said Wayne Rooney would be managing a second tier English side that had lost just four in eleven games, you wouldn’t have believed them.
It was inevitable he would move into some form of coaching during his Derby County career but it wasn’t expected he would be thrust into the managerial limelight so early.
Friday night’s defeat to an inform Sheffield Wednesday side was only Derby’s fourth defeat in nine games, after the sacking of Philip Cocu in November.
Although it looks so unfamilar to see Rooney in the dugout rather than on the playing surface, he seems to have taken to it well with County on the verge of pulling out of the Championship drop zone.
It is still early days for Rooney’s management career, but what does bode well is that he has been able to pull Derby back alongside the other strugglers with a relatively young and inexperienced team.
He hasn’t got many big hitters in that Rams side, but there are a lot of young and raw players.
The way Rooney has been able to gel the side and get his young charges playing after such a disasterous start to the season has been highly impressive.
He has, so far, succeeded where only managers have failed.
Just because your a good player it doesn’t give you an automatic pass to the top as a manager.
Very often it goes the other way, and more often than not good players don’t make good managers.
Top players in recent years who haven’t made the grade as managers include Gary Neville, although he jumped in at the deep end instead of easing himself in at the shallow end.
Tony Adams has had odd patches of relative success in management, but on the whole he has never hit the heights of his playing days.
Alan Shearer is another but he was put upon a sinking ship and never got back on the waters.
Edgar Davids was another great who tried his hand at management and didn’t really get anywhere.
Paul Scholes, one of the best players of his generation moved into management but then jumped out of it very, very quickly.
And even other greats like Thierry Henry have failed to make the grade.
There are a long list of players that would fall into this category. But from what we have seen so far, maybe Wayne Rooney won’t be one of them.