The Championship club has reportedly shown Rooney the door, ending his underwhelming tenure at St Andrew’s.
Rooney inherited a team from John Eustace that was flirting with the promotion play-off spots, and many people wondered why they were bringing in a new boss.
Those points have been underscored under Rooney’s underwhelming leadership as the Blues went from promotion hopefuls to relegation battlers, plummeting to a precarious 20th place in the league table.
Rooney won just two of his 15 matches, drawing four and losing nine. His ‘no-fear’ football promise quickly turned into a ‘no-cheer reality.
The final straw was City’s New Year’s Day 3-0 drubbing against Leeds United that had Blues fans chanting ‘get out of our club’ at Elland Road.
Birmingham’s hierarchy has lost faith in Rooney’s ability to pull the team away from the relegation zone.
Despite Rooney’s insistence that he was the man to save the Blues, the club’s owners decided it was time for a change.
With Rooney out, Birmingham now have the daunting task of finding a new manager to steer them clear of relegation.
The Blues need an experienced hand – someone who can galvanise the squad and instil a belief that survival is still achievable.
As for Rooney, his managerial career has hit a stumbling block. His Birmingham experience will leave a bitter taste in his mouth.
He joins the ranks of England’s so-called ‘Golden Generation’ who failed to prove their mettle on the touchline alongside former teammates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
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