Championship side Birmingham have sacked Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney as their manager following a run of poor results, Sportivationng.com
Rooney was appointed in October with the club in sixth place on the log before leaving them in 20th after he was relived of his job on Tuesday morning following a 3-0 loss to Leeds United.
Rooney won just two out of the 15 matches he took charge of, he suffered nine defeats and recorded four draws.
The Club confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that it has parted ways with the former Manchester United forward.
“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 club,” Cook said.
“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.
“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 remaining coaching staff will be required to continue with their duties to assist Steve Spooner.”
Similarly, Rooney responded to the sacking with his own statement few hours after he was shown the exit door.
“Football is a results business and I recognise they’ve not been at the level I wanted them to be,” Rooney said.
Rooney said he now plans to take a break from the game.
“I would like to thank (co-owners) Tom Wagner and Tom Brady and (chief executive) Garry Cook for the opportunity to manage Birmingham City and the support they all gave me during my short period with the club.
“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.”
According to Opta, Between Wayne Rooney’s first game (October 21st) and final game (January 1st) in charge, Birmingham City won the fewest points (10), lost the most games (9) and conceded the most goals (30) of any Championship side.
Meanwhile, Football fans have taken to Social Media to react to his sacking.
Sarafina Napoleon wrote on X: “So Birmingham City were 6th in the Championship when they sacked John Eustace and hired Rooney. Rooney took them from 6th to 20th and just seven points above relegation waters. Still, Rooney believes that he wasn’t given enough time🤣 Enough time to send the club to trenches.”
Liam Wrote on X: “The speed at which Lampard, Gerrard and Rooney have proved themselves to be absolutely useless at management is breathtakingly impressive.”
The Realest Boy wrote: “Wayne Rooney
Garry Neville, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Why are all the Fergie boys an embarrassment on matters of coaching?”
Musbey wrote on X: “You can be a great Football player and failed as a coach. Players like Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Andrea Pirlo are examples. You can be a bad player and succeed as a coach, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are examples. And there’s Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane 🐐”.