Wayne Rooney, about to turn 34, returns home. He does so after accepting the offer to be coach-player for Derby County. In a signing sponsored by 32Red.English Championship shirt jersey derby county third Derby County (second division) has landed the coup with the signing of striker Wayne Rooney. Although former Everton and Mancheser City will not wear his new shirt until January, once the season ends with MLS’s DC United. Bookmaker 32Red has influenced his hiring.
Rooney has signed for 18 months. In that period, he served as coach-player, as an assistant to Philip Cocu, the club’s new manager replacing Frank Lampard, who has returned to Chelsea.
The player acknowledges that: “I am delighted with the opportunity they have given me. And with the possibility of starting my coaching career. I look forward to starting with Cocu and his staff from January. I’m sure I can contribute a lot.”
Controversy with his bib number: the 32nd
Rooney will be charged £90,000 per week (about 97,000 euros) at cheap replica football Derby County, a big salary for a second-rate footballer. It represents five times more than the average salary of a player in that category. Although, with its signing, the club has secured an “unprecedented sponsorship agreement”, signed with 32Red.
It is assumed that, as part of the deal, bookmaker 32Red will pay part of Wayne’s salary. That’s why the player will wear the 32 on the back, an unusual bib. And that they were free on 7, 12, 13, 15 and 18. Although the player wanted to downplay it. “I’ve used a lot of numbers throughout my career, numbers 18, 8, 9, 10, 23, now 32. For me, the important thing was to come back and help the team, the number is not a big problem.”
Mel Morris, owner and CEO of the club, acknowledges that “obviously the business opportunities that this creates are widespread and significant.” It doesn’t hide that: “We just reached an unprecedented sponsorship deal with our main shirt sponsor, 32Red.”At the time, he points out: “We are eager to leverage Wayne’s involvement and 32Red support in our community initiatives. Expanding work as the Team Talk mental health program that is backed by Community Trust and 32Red.”
There are voices in the UK who believe that this sponsorship mocks the rules of Fair Play Financial (FFP). Since a bookmaker directly funds player transfers.In addition, Richard Caborn, a former member of the British government, criticizes the operation in the Daily Telegraph. Caborn was a key figure in the 2005 Gambling Act. He argues: “This is not very smart. Everything seems a little rude.”
He points out: “Wayne Rooney, who has children, perhaps should know that this is not the brightest idea. Gambling companies need to do favors right now. But this is not going to go well with the football authorities or the government.”