Birmingham appoints Wayne Rooney as new manager


Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney, a former Manchester United star, has stepped into the role of the new manager for Birmingham, a Championship club.

Rooney, who left Major League Soccer side DC United last week, has inked a three-and-a-half-year contract to succeed John Eustace at St. Andrew’s.

Despite John Eustace’s 15-month tenure that saw Birmingham rise to sixth place in the Championship this season, he was relieved of his duties. Rooney is now tasked with leading the team’s bid for promotion to the Premier League.

Rooney expressed his excitement, stating, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Birmingham City at such an exciting time. It is very clear that they have a plan and are committed to realising their ambition for the club.

“We are fully aligned with what is expected. I have been building my managerial career and putting myself in challenging environments to get me ready for this opportunity. It’s a project that gives me a sense of purpose, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Continuing, Rooney said, “We have some exciting young players in the squad, and some who are still to break through into the first team, alongside a core of experienced senior professionals.

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“I have a clear way that I want the team to play, and my coaching staff and I will work hard to implement it. We will create a winning culture here with an identity that gets Blues fans on their feet.”

Joining Rooney on the Birmingham backroom staff are former England teammate Ashley Cole, currently the England Under-21s assistant coach, and John O’Shea, the assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland.

Additionally, Carl Robinson and Pete Shuttleworth, both of whom worked with Rooney at DC United, will be making the move to St. Andrew’s.

Birmingham co-owner Tom Wagner voiced his confidence in Rooney, saying, “Wayne is a born winner. 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.”


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