Wayne Rooney has hired bulky former Manchester United bodyguard ‘Big Ginge’ to ferry him around while he is banned from driving. The ex-England skipper was slapped with a two-year ban after being found three times the limit when arrested at the wheel of party girl Laura Simpson’s VW Beetle.
It means Rooney, 31, is unable to take himself to and from Everton’s Finch Farm training ground.
So former Old Trafford security guard Damian Hall has been drafted in to help out the Red Devils’ all-time top scorer.
Hall, who according to the Daily Mail is nicknamed ‘Big Ginge’, was seen accompanying Roo to Stockport Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where the Toffees star was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
The burly guard used to work as learning and development director for Controlled Solutions Group (CSG), who have provided security for Manchester United since 1990.
Paul Stretford, Rooney’s agent, is said to have contacted CSG to inquire about Hall as he is a well-known face to the shamed England record-breaker.
CSG allowed their director to leave and United, who have no say in the move, are said to have given their blessing in order to help out the Old Trafford legend.
It means Rooney, who earns £160,000 a week at Goodison Park, will pay for Hall’s services for the next two years while he adheres to his driving ban.
He faces a £120,000 bill for using a chauffeur to take him on the 74-mile round trip from his £20million mansion to Finch Farm at least four times a week.