Birmingham City‘s patience with Wayne Rooney has run out, as he was sacked as manager, the second player to be sacrificed in the dugout during the Tom Brady era.
With one win in their last nine games, and close to relegation from the Championship, the Blues decided to dismiss the former Manchester United forward after just over two months.
Rooney arrived in October following the departure of John Eustace, which was a very unpopular move with fans at the time.
“Despite his best efforts, the results have not met the expectations that were made clear from the outset. Therefore, the board believes that a change in leadership is in the best interests of the club,” Birmingham said in a statement.
“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make St Andrew’s a success. Unfortunately, Wayne Rooney‘s time with us did not go according to plan and we have decided to move in a different direction,” added chief executive Garry Cook.
For the time being, it will be Steve Spooner, head of academy coaching, who will take over responsibility for first-team affairs on an interim basis.
Tom Brady and his foray with Birmingham
In doing so, Wayne Rooney became the second coach to be sacked since the arrival of the legendary NFL quarterback.
It was last summer that Birmingham confirmed Tom Brady as one of its minority shareholders in a bid to secure promotion to the Premier League.
In partnership with Knighthead Capital Management, the quarterback who played for the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, began a new venture, football, who will share his experience and leadership expertise with the sports science department to advise on health, nutrition and recovery programs.
But Tom Brady’s philosophy had no effect on Wayne Rooney, who leaves Birmingham after 15 games and only two wins (13.3%), four draws and nine defeats.
Wayne Rooney’s coaching career
It all began in November 2020 when, at the age of 35, he hung up his boots at Derby County to take over as manager.
He made an encouraging start and managed to keep the Rams in the Championship; however, financial problems led to a 21-point ban the following season (2021-22) and, despite accumulating great results, they were relegated to League One (Third Division).
Ultimately, Wayne Rooney began his time away from England with MLS side DC United (July 2022 and October 2023), although he won only 26.4 per cent of the 53 games he managed in the United States.
That was when he returned to England to help Birmingham City return to a Premier League, a competition they have not been involved in since suffering relegation in the 2010-11 season.
However, things didn’t work out for the 38-year-old, who has been sacked after leaving the Blues closer to relegation than promotion, 20th out of 24 with 28 points and six points adrift of the drop.