Rooney made the announcement after DC United were beaten by New York City FC. The Athletic says he doesn’t a new job lined up.
“It’s the right time [to leave D.C. United],” Rooney said. “I’ve done everything I can to get this club into the playoffs. It’s not a single thing that’s happened. It’s about timing.
“What lies ahead, I don’t know. I’ve seen a lot of reports in the media. I’m going back with nothing lined up.
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“I want to say on record to everyone involved in the club. Staff, players: I’m grateful.”
In addition to Everton, Rooney also supports Celtic. He is also a supporter of the Leeds Rhinos rugby league club. Rooney, originally a boxer, still pursues the sport recreationally for stress relief.
A friend of boxer Ricky Hatton, in 2007 he carried one of Hatton’s belts into the ring in his world light-welterweight title fight against Jos Luis Castillo in Las Vegas.
The decision of Hatton (a Manchester City fan) to have a Manchester United striker carry the belt prompted threats of a boycott among the many Manchester City supporters who made up Hatton’s fanbase.
Hatton responded, “Nobody hates United more than me. Just because I don’t support his team doesn’t mean I can’t admire what he has done.” Rooney has a number of tattoos, including one of a Celtic cross on his arm.W
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