Birmingham fires Wayne Rooney as head coach
Birmingham City has fired Wayne Rooney as manager.
This was revealed by Birmingham City Football Club in a statement that was uploaded to its official website on Tuesday.
According to the team, Rooney was let go because he didn’t live up to expectations.
“Birmingham City has today parted ways with Manager Wayne Rooney and First Team Coach Carl Robinson,” the statement stated.
“Despite their best efforts, results have not met the expectations that were made clear at the outset. Therefore, the Board feels that a change in management is in the best interests of the Football Club.
“The Club’s Board and management are fully aligned and will continue to drive transformation and take bold steps to rebuild Birmingham City into the organisation its fans and community deserve.
“The Board would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Wayne and Carl for all of their efforts.”
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer, Garry Cook, said, “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 cloud, however, disclosed that the Professional Development Coach, Steve Spooner, “will assume responsibility for Men’s First Team matters on an interim basis. The remaining coaching staff will be required to continue with their duties to assist Spooner.”
The all-time leading scorer for Manchester United and England was appointed Blues manager back in October, taking John Eustace’s place.
Since then, the team has dropped from sixth to twentieth place in the standings, with Rooney winning only two of his 15 Championship games in charge.
After Birmingham secured a play-off berth for promotion after 11 Championship games, 38-year-old Rooney was named manager.
Leeds fans were chanting “you’re getting sacked in the morning” during Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Elland Road, which increased the pressure on Rooney.
The legend of Manchester United and England has already been fired; formal confirmation is anticipated later on Tuesday.
In October, after Shelby Companies Limited, an American company, took over the team, Rooney was given a three-year contract by Birmingham.
“Wayne is a born winner,” co-owner and chairman Tom Wagner declared upon his hiring.
“We believe, with the support of his coaching staff, the club, and our supporters, he will take Blues forward on the next stage of our journey.
“His playing philosophy will help to realise the ambitions we have set for Birmingham City.
“Wayne has been preparing for an opportunity like this since he embarked on his coaching education whilst still a player at Manchester United.
“The entire football club, including the board, supports him and his staff.”
However, Rooney has only been in charge for less than three months. He has coached Derby and DC United in the past.
In his 15 games in command, he managed to win only two, giving up 30 goals, and Birmingham fell down the standings.