Wayne Rooney says he's confident he's the man to get Derby out of the “mess” they are in at the bottom of the Championship.

The Manchester United and England legend takes charge of the relegation-threatened Rams for tomorrow's home clash with Wycombe.

And he came out with all guns blazing as he underlined his credentials to kick-start his managerial career.

He's started by dropping himself and says he is now the man who makes the decisions and responsibility for the side.

Rooney said: “That is football. I am not worried about that. The important thing is the players know who is picking the team and more importantly, the players know who is leaving them out.

Rooney's Derby take on Wycombe this weekend
Rooney's Derby take on Wycombe this weekend

“It is important they feel they have someone to speak to and ask why they are not in the team.

“That is where we are at. I am not worried about my reputation as a manager. We have lost the two games we had where the four of us were involved.”

He added: “I am not worried about that. I am not thinking about that. I am just thinking solely about helping us to try and win the game.”

The 35-year-old takes the reins admitting the four-man coaching panel idea hadn't been working.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Wayne Rooney of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Derby County at Riverside Stadium on November 25, 2020 in Middlesbrough, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

He added: “We felt it needed one voice. We felt I was the right man. It's exciting for me to do that.

“Management is something I want to go into. I think playing as well is too much. I want to be able to give it my sole attention.

“We haven't performed to the level we should have. The result is all that matters against Wycombe.”

Asked if he saw the game as his audition to show his credentials, Rooney said: “The club deserves better than it being an audition.

“The importance of this game is huge. I think it's a role for the best person and I think that person is me.”

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Rooney said there was no bad feeling from the other coaches including first team coach Liam Rosenior.

“Liam is a fantastic coach. I will make the decision on who plays. He's a big part of this club and he's a big part of this game.”

Asked what his last words would be before the players go out, Rooney added: “Enjoy it. It is important everyone remembers why we started playing football.

“You play football for the love of it. Enjoy the game, enjoy the challenge. Football is a game that should be enjoyed whether you are playing or watching. That will be my last message.”