EXCLUSIVE: Champ clubs; League Two big boy monitoring Rooney situation

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A number of clubs in the Football League are keeping tabs on Wayne Rooney’s situation at Derby County, we can reveal.

The England and Manchester United legend has coped exceedingly well as Rams boss during his time, which has been littered with off-field problems. Indeed, Rooney and his staff had to cope with a transfer embargo over the summer but they still managed to get a squad together and he has been bringing on the club’s young players.

Derby are set to be hit with penalties for going into administration and also financial irregularities which could mount to 21 points – making Rooney’s job almost untenable.

Few in football believe that Rooney can continue, however, there is a growing belief that he would not be looking around for long.

Salford an option

The 35-year-old has even been linked to a role at Salford City – owned by the Class of ’92, which consists of Gary Neville, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. Former team-mates and friends, it would be unlikely he would be willing to drop to League 2 – but they are reported to be considering looking for a new manager.

Gary Bowyer was appointed in May, but Salford – the pre-season favourites – have won just two games from eight games, despite having one of the biggest budgets in that division.

Salford links aside, we are told that there are rival Championship clubs who are also keeping tabs on Rooney’s availability.