Washington: Former England international Wayne Rooney is stepping down from his position as head coach of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United.
The club stated that the decision to part ways was made mutually.
D.C. United’s Jason Levien said We have spoken with Wayne and we have agreed that it is best for us to go our separate ways at this time. This decision provides an opportunity for a fresh philosophy and approach in our team operations under our next general manager, starting with a critical identification of a head coach who will work in concert with that new leader.
He added, We are grateful to Wayne Rooney for his contributions to the club and the sport of soccer in the nation’s capital as a player and captain and most recently as a coach. He is an important part of the D.C. United family and a dear friend.
Rooney, who initially joined D.C. United as a player and captain before taking on the coaching role, said, “I want to thank D.C. United for the opportunity to be their head coach, and I am grateful for the support they have given me and our team during my tenure.”
Rooney’s departure marks the end of his coaching stint with D.C. United, and the club will now begin the process of finding a new head coach to lead the team.