Wayne Rooney has left Derby chiefs in no doubt he wants the manager's job on a full-time basis after holding his first press conference as caretaker boss in light of Phillip Cocu's sacking.
The Rams' captain has been put in temporary charge of first-team affairs, along with coaches Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker, following Cocu's dismissal at the weekend.
Derby's new interim backroom team will be in the dugout for Saturday's league clash with Bristol City, though it is unclear whether Rooney will start out on pitch.
However, while Rooney is going to continue playing as well as fulfilling the role of caretaker, he has made it clear he sees his future in the Pride Park hot seat.
And he is planning to channel some of his old Man Utd boss into his work now he has been given his chance.
"I have worked with some very good managers and possibly the greatest of all time," Rooney said.
"I am not going to say I am going to do it like Sir Alex Ferguson. You have to work with the players you have got and you have to manage players correctly.
"But there are things you can take from other managers."
Discussing the role at Derby, he continued: "I am ambitious, I want to go into management. I have been quite open about that. I wouldn't be an ambitious person if I sat here and said I didn't want the job.
"There is an opportunity to show the different ideas that you have."
Derby have a good track record of giving young coaches a chance, having appointed Frank Lampard into his first managerial role.
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Like Lampard, Rooney is still yet to complete the necessary coaching badges required to manage a team at Derby's level.
But he only sees that as a minor obstacle to his desired career path as he closes in on completing his UEFA A licence.
"I don't think it has any effect," Rooney said. "[Gareth] Southgate was completing his while at Middlesbrough and Lampard while he was here at Derby."
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