Wayne Rooney's company boasts over £26 million in assets despite his struggles as Derby boss

WAYNE Rooney's company boasts over £26 million in assets despite his struggles as Derby boss, The Sun can reveal.

The 35-year-old sportsman is on a two and a half year contract coaching for Derby County FC, which is experiencing a financial crisis.

But thankfully for Wayne, he does not have the same money worries – with his company Stonegate48 Ltd enjoying a bumper year.

The latest accounts revealed that the business, which handles his image rights and other professional activities, have assets totalling a staggering £26,565,332 – £3,591,531 up on the previous year.

The Sun can reveal that even after creditors and other liabilities, the thriving company still held almost £20 million in shareholder funds.

Wayne and his long-time friend and agent Paul Stretford, 63, are both listed as co-directors of the Stonegate48 – but it is Wayne who maintains overall control.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Derby boss Wayne had deferred a portion of his £90,000-a-week wages to ensure his players get paid.

The Championship club was struggling financially while waiting for a takeover by Sheikh Khaled's Derventio Holdings to go through.

A deal to sell the club was agreed by owner Mel Morris in November, with Morris said to be reluctant to inject his own cash into the club ahead of the takeover.

As a result, big-hearted Wayne stepped in to help the Rams out, with the striker-turned-coach thought to be earning £90,000-a-week, which would perhaps be the highest salary in the division.

The star told the club to divert part of his salary to his players after the squad's December wages were not paid on time, according to reports.

Wayne previously insisted that he will not quit the Rams if the lucrative takeover collapses.

He said in January: "With the takeover and the salary situation, it's difficult for players, and it's difficult for me in that I can't go into the transfer market at the moment.

"Ideally, the quicker the players get paid, the quicker we can move on. Then we can look at players we want to bring in."

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Erik Alonso had agreed to buy the club, subject to EFL approval, after current owner Mel Morris' deal with Bin Zayed Group collapsed earlier this season.

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