DC United hint Wayne Rooney to stay amid Everton links by signing ex-Derby analyst Luke Jenkinson

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Is this proof that Rooney is staying in Washington? DC United hire Luke Jenkinson – who worked with his manager at Derby – as performance director, hinting Man United legend will stay despite Everton links

DC United have provided the strongest hint yet into Wayne Rooney’s future by signing Luke Jenkinson – who previously worked alongside him at Derby County – as the new first-team performance director.

Rooney has been regularly linked with a return to the Premier League during his six-month tenure in charge of DC, where he won just two of 14 games last season.

The former England captain recently ended talk of a return to Everton, where he burst onto the scene aged 16, but his boyhood club’s decision to sack Frank Lampard on Monday means he is now featured as a potential replacement.

sports mail understands that former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is the Toffees’ No.1 choice to succeed Lampard, while Sean Dyche and David Moyes are also believed to be in contention.

Wayne Rooney worked alongside Jenkinson during his time at Derby County

DC United have provided a strong hint at the future of Wayne Rooney (R) by signing Luke Jenkinson (L) as first-team performance manager

Rooney has been linked with a return to Everton after sacking Frank Lampard (pictured)

Rooney has been linked with a return to Everton after sacking Frank Lampard (pictured)

And DC suggested Rooney would be going nowhere in hiring Jenkinson as performance director, with the pair’s “close relationship” seen as a key factor in bringing him over from Derby.

Jenkinson spent over six years with the England team in a number of roles including Head of Sports Science and Head of Performance. He spent around 18 months working alongside Rooney before the latter left in June last year.

“Bringing Luke to the club as Director of Performance demonstrates our commitment to bringing top-notch leadership to the first team,” said Dave Kasper, President of Football Operations, DC United.

“His close relationship with Wayne at Derby County will be invaluable to us and we look forward to incorporating his experience and knowledge of football to ensure our players are physically prepared for the 2023 season.”

But the arrival of Jenkinson, who worked with Rooney at Derby County, suggests the DC head coach will stay in Washington.

But the arrival of Jenkinson, who worked with Rooney at Derby County, suggests the DC head coach will stay in Washington.

Jenkinson added: “I’m looking forward to starting an exciting project at DC United.

“I worked closely with Wayne during his time at Derby County so it’s exciting to join him in MLS; a league that has grown exponentially in recent years. I want to thank the property and Dave Kasper for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started.

Rooney distanced himself from the Everton job amid doubts over Lampard’s future earlier this month, and Jenkinson’s arrival all but confirms he has no intention of leaving DC anytime soon. so early.

“It was the same the last time Benitez left the club, but I think it would be very unfair for me to talk about Everton,” the Everton academy graduate said. The Telegraph.

“Obviously Frank Lampard is the manager, Moshiri has backed him up. Frank is a former team-mate of mine so it would be very unfair for me to start talking about Everton and that role because Frank is still the manager.