April 24, 2024

Birmingham City appoint Wayne Rooney as new manager

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Wayne Rooney has been named Birmingham City’s new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Former Manchester United and England striker Rooney left his role as head coach of DC United by mutual consent on Sunday after they missed out on the MLS Cup play-offs.

Birmingham then began talks with the 37-year-old just hours after sacking boss John Eustace on Monday, despite the club sitting sixth in the Championship following back-to-back wins.

This episode of The Question looks at new Birmingham manager Wayne Rooney and the benefits of his appointment at St Andrews.

Rooney will be supported by his former England teammate Ashley Cole, who is the current England U21s assistant; John O’Shea, the assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland men’s national team; and Carl Robinson and Pete Shuttleworth, who both worked under him at DC United. Maik Taylor will remain as goalkeeper coach.

Cole and O’Shea will retain their coaching roles with their respective national sides.

Following his appointment, Rooney, who has also managed Derby County, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Birmingham City Football Club at such an exciting time. It is very clear that they have a plan and are committed to realizing their ambitions for the club. We are fully aligned with what is expected.

Wayne Rooney after his debut DC United win against Orlando
Wayne Rooney became head coach at DC United in July 2022.
“I have been building my managerial career, 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. READ MORE

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