Wayne Rooney has finally hung up his boots to take the Derby job on a permanent basis.
The Manchester United legend has been in interim charge of the Championship outfit of late, impressing Pride Park bosses.
Derby have won three and drawn four of Rooney's nine games in the dugout and have pulled themselves to the cusp of escaping the relegation zone.
The Rams have recently been taken over and the new owners will be hoping Rooney can continue the club's solid form.
Rooney said: "When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club.
"The stadium, training ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.
"Despite other offers, I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.
"To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club."
Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce added: "We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager.
"Our recent upturn in results under Wayne was married together with some positive performances, notably the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-0 victory at Birmingham City.
"During that nine-game run we also dramatically improved their defensive record and registered five clean sheets in the process, while in the attacking third we became more effective and ruthless too.
"Those foundations have provided a platform for the club to build on in the second half of the season under Wayne's guidance."
Rooney's first game as permanent manager will be on Saturday at home to Rotherham at Pride Park.
Football fans from all clubs have praised Rooney, who is England's all-time scorer.
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