Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney admits he’s a DERBY fan… and supports Wayne Rooney’s troubled Rams to survive

GEORGE CLOONEY believes better times are ahead for troubled Derby County club once the club’s preferred bidders are confirmed next week.

The Hollywood heartthrob has been smitten with the Rams since Derby actor Jack O’Connell sold him at the club when the pair worked together on the set of Money Monster six years ago.

Oscar winner George Clooney revealed he's a Derby fan


Oscar winner George Clooney revealed he’s a Derby fanPhoto credit: Getty

Since then, the A-list actor has taken a keen interest in Wayne Rooney‘s Championship contenders who have been fighting for their lives since being docked 21 points earlier this season for financial failings.

But despite the seriousness of their situation, Clooney backs Rooney to survive Derby’s perfect storm and restore the ailing club’s fortunes once under new ownership.

“Derby is a great football club with a fantastic history and I am sure there is a great future too,” he said Oscar-winning star.

“I know there have been issues lately but nothing that can’t be fixed and given the circumstances the team worked really hard and played well.

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“When I’m watching, you can see that not only the players on the pitch but also the fans have played their part.”

It was the passion of the England fans that first drew Clooney to football when O’Connell attracted him derbies.

“I’ve worked with quite a few British football fans and their mood often depended on how well their favorite football team played in their last game,” Clooney said.

“I found it quite odd and wanted to know what led up to it.

“The Rams were introduced to me by Jack O’Connell when we were doing a movie together.

“He was so passionate about his team and has followed Derby County all his life, I asked him a few questions and there was no stopping him – he really loves the club and knows so much about it.

“I had to admire that and hearing the history of the club really fired my imagination.


George Clooney helped Wayne Rooney's men survive Derby's financial woes


George Clooney helped Wayne Rooney’s men survive Derby’s financial woesCredit: Alamy

“I watched a few games on TV and gradually I started to understand football better and keep an eye out for Derby County games and results. I’ve been watching it ever since.”

Derby’s future has been in the air for months and things have been grizzly for much of this season.

But the deadline for new owners ended on Friday and now Quantanama administrators will select a preferred bidder after talks with the EFL – a Clooney hopes the intolerable cruelty of Rams fans this season will come to an end. Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney admits he’s a DERBY fan… and supports Wayne Rooney’s troubled Rams to survive


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