Former Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson has been bigging up Derby chief Wayne Rooney and Reds supporters might not be happy.

The Rams boss had been surprisingly linked with a switch to Everton this week.

The Toffees could pull the trigger on Rafa Benitez, amid a run of just one win in 10 matches.

Rooney has been linked with a move to Goodison Park due to his former ties with the Toffees should the Spaniard get the sack.

Derby are rock bottom of the Championship having been deducted 21 points due to financial misdemeanours.


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In truth, had the Rams not lost so many points, they’d still be in deep trouble and in a relegation battle in the second tier.

It’s perhaps surprising then that Rooney has been linked with such a high profile position.

Former Forest defender Dawson, however, suggested that the Rams boss would make a good fist of the Everton job if he gets the nod.

He told the Express: “He’s had to put up with everything possible from a first job and people say becoming a good manager is all about the experience.

“I played with Rooney and against him. He has such incredible energy and just loves the game.

“It’s all about opportunities and he got that at Derby thanks to being a player.”

Dawson comments might not go down well with Forest fans

The former defender doesn’t have any ties to the Reds nowadays but you’d like to think he would always want Forest to do better than Derby.

And, does he actually have a point regarding Rooney.

Plenty are keen to laud the work he has done and to some extent, his hands have been tied during his time at Pride Park.

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His win ratio is pretty appalling though. In fact, it’s worse than Chris Hughton’s was during his time at the City Ground.

Of his 60 games in charge of the Rams, he’s won just 15 and lost 26. His win ratio sits at 25% during his time in management.

Rooney has, of course, been dealt some rough cards. Former Forest man Dawson would be wise to just tone down the praise ever so slightly though.

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