Ex-Peterbrough striker tips his former club for relegation despite Derby County’s woes
Ex-Premier League player Aaron McLean believes Derby County have a great chance of Championship survival this season, whilst tipping his former team for relegation.
The former Peterborough, Hull and Bradford striker praised Rooney for the job he’s done since taking over at the club, stating the Manchester United legend has done a fantastic job in only his first managerial role since retiring.
Derby currently sit 23rd, after receiving a massive 21 point deduction at the start of the season due to the club entering administration, before receiving a further nine point reduction later in the season for similar reasons.
“Well, they’ve got the chance to stay up, a brilliant chance of staying up, I’m really, really impressed with with the job that he’s done.” He said.
“And it’s almost like ‘everyone’s against us’ so we’ll use that as our motivation and it’s totally totally working. I think they’re on what 18 points, four points off of safety, 4 points off of Reading. They play Peterborough this month, they play Cardiff on the first of March, and they also play another one of their rivals, nd they’ve just been Hull. So I think that they’ll be able to pick up enough points to probably be able to move out of out of the relegation zone.”
Mclean also played with Rooney’s current right hand man and assistant manager Liam Rosenior, when they were both on the books at Hull City.
“One of my former teammates Liam Rosenior is assistant manager there. I speak to him now and again, what they’ve managed to do is almost galvanise the squad, they’ve got leaders in there, like Curtis Davies, who’s their captain.”
Remarkably, McLean tips his previous employers Peterborough – where he both played and coached – for relegation.
“I fear that we’re [Peterborough] are probably going to be the team that that gets pushed even further into it [relegation].”