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Wayne Rooney speaks after Birmingham City sack



Wayne Rooney named Birmingham City manager 

Sacked Birmingham City FC manager Wayne Rooney has admitted he underperformed as the club’s coach but believes he wasn’t given enough time to make an impact.

The former England forward was fired on Tuesday after only 13 weeks in command after a disastrous run of nine defeats in 15 games.

Rooney, 38, stated that ‘it will take me some time to get over this “setback” and that he intends to spend time with his wife Coleen and their children while looking for his next job.

In a statement, he said, “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 recognize 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.

“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.”

Birmingham have had the worst record in the Championship since Rooney took over for John Eustace in October. They earned 10 points out of a possible 45, losing nine and winning two.

On Tuesday morning, the futures of fellow employees Ashley Cole, John O’Shea, and Pete Shuttleworth were being decided.

Rooney had promised to battle on following Monday’s 3-0 loss at Leeds, but workers were summoned to a meeting at the club’s training complex on Tuesday and informed that Rooney would be fired.


The decision to select Rooney will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst in the club’s history.

Birmingham City was sixth on the log when he was chosen to succeed Eustace in October. He exits with the Blues only six points above the relegation zone and the division’s poorest record at that time.

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