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Player of the year Rooney wants to be a manager

Wayne Rooney last night picked up the 2010 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award — and revealed he hoped to one day become a top-class manager.

The 24-year-old topped the poll of journalists with just over 81% of a record number of votes cast, finishing ahead of Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and Manchester City's Carlos Tevez to win the prestigious accolade, which has been running since 1948.

Both United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and England manager Fabio Capello were present to watch Rooney receive his award at the FWA's gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel.

Rooney, who scored 34 goals this term, admitted it was a privilege to follow the likes of World Cup winners Bobby Moore and Sir Bobby Charlton to be named Footballer of the Year, and revealed he intended to stay involved in the game for many years to come.

“I would like to (step into management),” Rooney said.

“I joined Everton when I was nine years old and football has been a massive part of my life. When you do stop playing, I want to be involved in football. I started doing my coaching badges this year, and probably did not do as many classes as I would have liked. Hopefully I can continue them next year. I love football and enjoy football — I can't see myself running a restaurant, I want to be in football.

“But now I am only 24. Hopefully I can progress and the best years are still ahead of me.

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“I am always learning every day, and take things in from all my team-mates. As a player you are never the finished article.”


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