WAYNE ROONEY remains Derby County manager and took charge of the Rams’ victory over Real Betis.
But the under-fire England legend has been read the riot act by club chiefs after his boozy antics at the weekend.
Max Bird scored a late winner as Derby beat Real Betis 1-0Credit: PA
The win marked Rooney’s first game since he was pictured with scantily-clad women in a hotel roomCredit: Rex
Rooney’s side put in an impressive performance to win 1-0 over the LaLiga side at Pride Park – thanks to a Max Bird strike four minutes from time.
Rams boss Roo’s £4.5million-a-year job was on a knife edge after the father-of-four was pictured passed-out and surrounded by semi-naked girls in a Manchester hotel room.
The pictures of Rooney, 35, went viral, to the fury of Rams owner Mel Morris and his board, who are currently trying to attract new potential buyers to the ailing Championship club.
Derby’s top brass had imposed a zero-tolerance policy to restore the Rams’ battered public image after star players Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett were convicted over a drink-drive smash in 2018.
However, despite their anger, club chiefs pulled back from the brink of bulleting Rooney following a tense meeting.
SunSport understands Rooney was left in no doubt about the standards he is expected to set as the club’s manager and high-profile figurehead.
But there was no appetite within the club to axe Rooney and risk a potential lengthy legal battle over whether he broke any of the terms of his contract, which currently has two years remaining on it.
Rooney’s hefty wage bill is currently funded by club sponsors, web casino 32Red.
England’s greatest ever goalscorer was already under pressure after a late season slump saw Derby narrowly avoid relegation on the final day of last season.
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