Rooney on Morris finally answering his calls: “I had to borrow someone’s phone”
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has revealed he had to borrow the club doctor’s phone in order to contact owner Mel Morris.
Rooney was speaking after noting that he had not had a one-on-one conversation with the owner since August 9.
The club is currently under administration and faces another possible point deduction. They are already at the bottom of the championship with minus two points.
Rooney said: “Yes, I tried to [contact Mel Morris]. In fact, I called him once on the doctor’s phone. He answered the phone. So obviously he could answer the doctor’s phone calls but not the principal.
“It wasn’t ideal. I’m trying to do my best for this club on this pitch, and a lot of people wanted answers that I couldn’t give them. It’s unfortunate that it was like that, but that’s how it was handled. Fortunately, now I won’t have to worry about having to contact him.
The manager also explained how the Derby owner’s lack of honesty towards club staff had particularly frustrated him, having also seen his mother’s job threatened.
Rooney added, “My mom was in exactly the same position. She works at the school I went to, as a table lady, and there are discussions about whether this school will close. She’s in the same position as some of the staff here. She doesn’t know if she’s going to have a job or not.
“I know how life works, the difficulties people have with bills, mortgages, putting food on the table. I experienced this firsthand as a child, and I also know a lot of people in my family who experience this on a daily basis.
“The best way to deal with this is to be open, to be honest with people, because if you’re not, people will see through you, and that transparency of communication and honesty, matters, even though it’s a tough decision that is made when people lose their jobs, people need to know that you are being honest and open with them.