Former Manchester United boss David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney has the potential to become "a very good manager" after citing his growing maturity since becoming captain for club and country as evidence of the ongoing development that could result in a future coaching career.
Not many people have tipped the Red Devils striker to try his hand on the other side of the touchline, but the Real Sociedad tactician thinks the 29-year-old has the necessary traits to be a success in the dugout.
Moyes has worked with Rooney twice during spells at Everton and the Theatre of Dreams, and was responsible for handing the Manchester United skipper his Premier League debut as a burgeoning young teenager at Goodison Park.
The 51-year-old is pretty well placed, then, to pass comment on the Three Lions talisman, who is almost unrecognisable to the player that first burst onto the scene on Merseyside, owing to the personal development he's enjoyed over the past decade.
"I look at the maturity of him now, how he handles being United captain, England captain . . . and I think of Wayne at 15," reflected Moyes in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times.
"Then, you’d have thought, yes as a player he can achieve anything, but to grow the way he has as a person? That maybe wasn’t something anybody saw coming.
“He handles the media well and is a good thinker about football. It wouldn’t surprise me if he goes on to be a very good manager.”
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