Birmingham City appoints former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney as their new manager.
Birmingham City has chosen Wayne Rooney as their new manager, parting ways with John Eustace, despite the club’s position in the Championship play-off spots. Although the team was placed sixth in the second tier, they had a streak of six winless games. They managed to break this streak with consecutive wins against Huddersfield Town and West Brom last week. Wayne Rooney left his role at DC United on Sunday.
Following Wayne Rooney’s mutual consent departure from DC United, Birmingham City has appointed him as their new manager. The Blues currently hold the sixth position in the Championship table and decided to part ways with John Eustace on Monday. The decision was influenced by the club’s owners and advisory board, chaired by NFL superstar Tom Brady, who emphasized the need for a manager capable of shaping a distinct playing style characterized by fearlessness and creating a unified identity embraced by all Birmingham City teams.
Wayne Rooney, who left DC United following their failure to qualify for the MLS play-offs, has previous managerial experience in the Championship. He was appointed as the manager of Derby County during a time of administrative crisis for the club. Rooney had a 15-month stint as the manager of DC United, where he also spent a year as a player. Under his leadership, the team achieved a ninth-placed finish in the MLS Eastern Conference for the current season.
In a statement, Rooney expressed his absolute delight in joining Birmingham City Football Club during this exciting phase. He emphasized the club’s clear plan and strong commitment to achieving their ambitions. Both he and the club share a common understanding of what is expected. Rooney highlighted his journey of building his managerial career by exposing himself to challenging environments, all in preparation for this opportunity. He views this project as one that gives him a profound sense of purpose and eagerly anticipates the commencement of his role.
Birmingham City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of @WayneRooney as Manager, agreeing terms on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
Welcome to Blues, Wayne! 🤝🔵
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) October 11, 2023
“We have an exciting group of young players within the squad, as well as those who are on the verge of breaking into the first team. Alongside them, we have a core of seasoned senior professionals. I have a clear vision of how I want the team to play, and my coaching staff and I are committed to putting this vision into action. Our aim is to foster a culture of winning, characterized by a distinctive identity that will have Blues fans energized and exhilarated.
“Having played at St. Andrew’s, I’ve experienced firsthand the passionate and vocal support of Birmingham City fans. It was always a tough place for visiting teams, and now I have the privilege of leading this passionate fan base. My responsibility is to propel the club to the next level, and I’m eager to begin this journey. I understand the expectations, and it’s our duty to meet them.”
Garry Cook, the CEO of Birmingham City, expressed his immense enthusiasm for Wayne Rooney’s appointment, stating: “We are incredibly thrilled to welcome Wayne. When the opportunity arises to appoint a manager who shares our ambitions and is a revered figure in the game, you seize it. That’s precisely what we’ve done.
“We are confident that his appointment, along with his carefully chosen coaching staff, will lead to a youthful, attack-minded team that will captivate our fans. The timing of this appointment allows Wayne to assess the existing playing roster and collaborate with Craig Gardner on the squad’s recruitment needs, looking ahead to the January and Summer transfer windows. This marks a pivotal moment for the Football Club.”
Co-owner of Birmingham City, Tom Wagner, echoed this sentiment: “Wayne is a natural winner. We believe that, with the support of his coaching staff, the Club, and our devoted supporters, he will lead Blues toward the next phase of our journey. His playing philosophy aligns with the ambitions we’ve set for Birmingham City.
“Wayne has been diligently preparing for an opportunity like this ever since he embarked on his coaching education while still a player at Manchester United. He and his staff have the unwavering backing of the Board and everyone at the football club.”