Wayne Rooney is SACKED as manager of Birmingham City after winning just two of his 15


Wayne Rooney has been sacked as Birmingham manager, the club confirmed Tuesday morning. 

Since Rooney replaced John Eustace in October, Birmingham have had the worst record in the Championship. They took 10 points from a possible 45, losing nine and winning just two.

The former England captain is thought to have been on some way less £1.5 million per year salary that was initially suggested, and department the club initially along with coach Carl Robinson.

The futures of fellow staff members Ashley Cole, John O’Shea, and Pete Shuttleworth was being resolved this on Tuesday morning.

Rooney had vowed to fight on after Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Leeds but staff were called to a meeting at the club’s training ground on Tuesday when they were informed that Rooney would be sacked.

Birmingham City have sacked Wayne Rooney amid the club's awful run of form recently

Birmingham City have sacked Wayne Rooney amid the club’s awful run of form recently

Since Rooney arrived, Birmingham have fallen from the play-off spots to a relegation battle

Since Rooney arrived, Birmingham have fallen from the play-off spots to a relegation battle

The decision to appoint Rooney will surely go down as one of the worst in the history half the club.

In a club statement, the Blues claimed that ‘results have not met the expectations that were made clear at the outset’.

Chief Executive Officer, Garry Cook, commented: ‘We are committed to doing what is necessary to bring success to St. Andrew’s.

‘Unfortunately, Wayne’s time with us did not go as planned and we have decided to move in a different direction.

‘The search for a successor begins with immediate effect and we will update supporters when we have further news.’

The club also confirmed that Professional Development Coach, Steve Spooner, will assume responsibility for Men’s First Team matters on an interim basis. 

Rooney’s team also released a statement on Tuesday morning, which read: ‘I would like to thank Tom Wagner, Tom Brady and Garry Cook for the opportunity to manage Birmingham City FC and the support they all gave me during my short period with the club.

‘Football is a results business – and I recognise they have not been at the level I wanted them to be. 

‘However, time is the most precious commodity a manager requires and I do not believe 13 weeks was sufficient to oversee the changes that were needed.

‘Personally, it will take me some time to get over this setback. I have been involved in professional football, as either a player or manager, since I was 16. 

From his 15 matches in charge at the club, Rooney won two, drew four and lost the other nine

From his 15 matches in charge at the club, Rooney won two, drew four and lost the other nine

NFL legend Tom Brady (left) is one of Birmingham's minority owners after the club was taken over by Tom Wagner's Knighthead Group in July

NFL legend Tom Brady (left) is one of Birmingham’s minority owners after the club was taken over by Tom Wagner’s Knighthead Group in July

‘Now, I plan to take some time with my family as I prepare for the next opportunity in my journey as a manager. 

‘Finally, I wish Birmingham City FC and its owners my best wishes in the pursuit of their ambitions’.

When he was appointed in October to replace Eustace, Birmingham were sixth. He leaves with Blues only six points above the relegation zone and with the worst record in the division during that time.

Mail Sport understands Eustace would be open to returning to Birmingham but it seems highly unlikely that they would choose to reappoint him after already being forced into a such humiliating climbdown over Rooney.

Rooney confirmed he will now 'prepare for the next opportunity in my journey as a manager'

Rooney confirmed he will now ‘prepare for the next opportunity in my journey as a manager’ 

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This was Rooney ‘s third job in management. After spells with Derby in the Championship and DC United in Major League Soccer, he was brought back to England charged with bringing a ‘no-fear’ football philosophy to Birmingham. 

Blues were taken over by an American consortium Knighthead last summer, a group of which NFL great Tom Brady is also a part.

But the Rooney experiment has been hugely embarrassing from start to finish and the credibility of the new owners will rest on what they do next.

Rooney’s long-term future in management now appears unclear.



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