Coleen Rooney will not join husband Wayne in the US when he starts as head coach of Washington DC football team D.C. United, the player-turned-manager has confirmed.
Rooney, 36, said his wife Coleen, also 36, had given her blessing but will remain in the UK with their four sons, Kai, 12, Klay, nine, Kit, six, and Cass, four.
‘Of course any major decisions I make are with my wife. My family – for the time being – will stay in England and come over and visit,’ he said, according to the Sun.
‘My eldest is in high school now and they will stay in England but it is not an issue from a family point of view.’
Coleen Rooney will not join husband Wayne in the US when he starts as head coach of Washington DC football team D.C. United, the player-turned-manager has confirmed. Pictured, the couple taking in the action at Wimbledon last week with one of their sons
Rooney, 36, said his wife Coleen, also 36, had given her blessing but will remain in the UK with their four sons, Kai, 12, Klay, nine, Kit, six, and Cass, four, pictured with their mother
Wayne, who played for the Major League Soccer team from 2018 to 2020, said Coleen was the first person he spoke to after his agent revealed he had been offered the job. Pictured, at a press conference announcing his new role in Washington DC on Tuesday
Wayne, who played for the Major League Soccer team from 2018 to 2020, said Coleen was the first person he spoke to after his agent revealed he had been offered the job.
He added: ‘Had my wife said ‘I don’t want you to go there’, that would have been different. I am a different place as a human being as I was four years ago when I was here and I am ready.’
It comes after a source close to Coleen told MailOnline there is ‘no way’ she would make the move if he accepted the job.
‘She’s made her views clear to Wayne,’ the source said. ‘There’s no way she will want to go to Washington. The last time, she absolutely hated it there.
‘She doesn’t want to live outside the North West of England, never mind live in Washington again. The family is more settled than it’s ever been. They have four kids who are all in school and all of Coleen’s family live close to her.’
The former England captain touched down at Dulles Airport in Washington on Sunday night, pictured. His move was confirmed on Tuesday
According to a source close to Coleen, the mother-of-four (pictured with Wayne and their sons Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass) is settled in the north west of England and wants to stay there
The source added: ‘There’s no way that she’d want to give all of that up to go and live in a place she hates.’
Rooney touched down in Washington DC on Sunday and the move was finalised last night.
Ironically, Rooney’s potential move comes as friends claim that he and Coleen have never been ‘more together’ particularly after the way he publicly supported her during the £3 million Wagatha Christie libel trial against Rebekah Vardy.
One said: ‘Wayne and Coleen’s relationship is the best it’s been in a long time. He supported her 100 per cent during the libel trial, turned up to court each day and stood by his wife.
Rooney scored 25 goals in 52 matches for D.C. United during two years as a player there
‘They’ve just enjoyed a wonderful summer break with the kids, the longest they’ve had for ages, given Wayne’s football commitments in the past. As a couple and a family, they’ve never been happier and more united.’
It claimed that he will receive at least $1million (£830,000) annually and will act as a consultant for D.C. United until he is granted a work permit, which typically takes two to three weeks.
Coleen’s dislike of the US capital emerged in leaked text messages from 2018 sent to Vardy during the Wagatha Christie libel trial.
In response to Vardy asking how things were going, the Liverpudlian replied: ‘Hiya, hope your all week [well]. We’re ok thanks its tough being on your own though.
Coleen went on to say: ‘Washington isn’t the best….nice to visit but different to live. Not loads for the kids to do, mostly park, hardly any soft plays and things like that.
‘It’s quite behind the UK, which I never would have thought. But we will get used to it (I hope). Wayne is loving it, and the kids are fine, settled into school straight away. So really happy they are fine. Thanks for the message love xx.’
Coleen, 36, pictured here with husband Wayne, has told friends that their marriage is as strong as it’s ever been – but she has made her views on moving across the Atlantic clear to Wayne
Following the high profile ‘Wagatha Cristie’ case, the Rooneys went to Dubai with Coleen (pictured with her four sons) describing the break as the ‘best family holiday’
In a separate message, she admitted that she ‘never believed in homesickness’ until leaving the UK, adding that she ‘cried every night’ due to missing her family back home.
Following the conclusion of the high-profile libel trial, the Rooneys jetted off to Dubai with Coleen posting social media pictures of the family enjoying their break in the sun.
Coleen captioned the images with the words: ‘We had the best Family holiday 2022. Dubai you were fantastic #grateful.’