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Wayne Rooney was fired as manager of Birmingham City after just 15 games in charge.

After the contentious decision to fire John Eustace, the 38-year-old was brought on board on October 11 with Blues sitting sixth in the standings.

Since then, they have dropped to 20th place; their 3-0 loss to Leeds on Monday was their ninth setback in his 15 games as manager.

“Football is a results business and I recognise they’ve not been at the level I wanted them to be,” Rooney stated.

A member of Rooney’s backroom staff, former Wales and Wolves footballer Carl Robinson, has also left Birmingham, and interim manager Steve Spooner will lead the team.

“It will take time to move past this obstacle.”
Rooney declared that he will now be taking a vacation 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,” he stated.

But time is the most valuable resource a manager needs, and I don’t think 13 weeks was long enough to oversee the necessary improvements.

It will take me some time to go past this setback on a personal level.

Since I was sixteen years old, I have been involved in professional football, either as a player or manager. I’m going to spend some time with my family right now while I get ready for my next managerial chance.”

August 14: Tom Wagner claims there is “no limit” for Birmingham City.
Blues fire head coach John Eustace on October 9.
Wayne Rooney joins the Blues as manager on October 11; on November 25, Rooney wins his first game in charge of the team at his sixth try.


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