Wayne Rooney is No1 choice of four candidates to become next Burnley manager

Wayne Rooney is reportedly the number one choice of four candidates to become the next manager of Burnley.

The Clarets are currently on the search for a new manager after sacking Sean Dyche earlier this month after a decade in the dugout at Turf Moor. Under-23s manager Mike Jackson has since stepped into the role of caretaker manager and taken seven points from three matches, but is not expected to remain manager on a long-term basis.

Instead, The Sun report that Rooney is the first choice of Burnley's American owners and he would be keen on the role even if Burnley are relegated.

Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder, Sunderland manager Alex Neil and the out of work Sam Allardyce are also understood to be on the shortlist, with Wilder the current bookies' favourite to replace Dyche.

However, Rooney is said to be the owners' preferred option and who they believe would be the best candidate to help rebuild the club next season.

The former England and Manchester United forward began his managerial career as caretaker boss of Derby County in November 2020, before taking on the role permanently two months later.

He managed to keep the club in the Championship on the final day of the 2020/21 season but was unable to beat the drop this term despite a brave battle against relegation.

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Derby have been deducted a total of 21 points this season due to financial irregularities and entering administration, whilst also being forced to play several academy players throughout the campaign.

Rooney has remained loyal to the Rams, despite interest from former club Everton in January after they parted company with Rafael Benitez.

He is keen to manage in the Premier League in the future, though, with his long-term ambition being to take charge of United at some point.

It is currently unclear whether becoming Burnley boss would allow him to realise his Premier League ambitions straight away, with the club currently embroiled in a battle against the job.

Burnley are in 17th place with five matches remaining after their recent upturn in form, two points clear of Everton, who have a game in hand.

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