In a surprising turn of events, Wayne Rooney has admitted to facing significant challenges during his brief tenure as the manager of Birmingham City.
The former England forward was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, only 13 weeks into the job, following a dismal run of nine defeats in 15 games.
Rooney, 38, expressed his disappointment in a statement, acknowledging the team’s results were below the desired level but emphasizing the need for more time to implement necessary changes.
Despite his commitment to fighting on after a 3-0 defeat at Leeds on Monday, Rooney’s managerial journey at Birmingham City came to an abrupt end.
The football veteran, who had replaced John Eustace in October when Birmingham City was sixth in the Championship, leaves with the team now precariously positioned just six points above the relegation zone.
Rooney plans to take some time with his family as he prepares for the next opportunity in his managerial career.
Wayne Rooney Breaks Silence on Swift Sacking from Birmingham City
Birmingham City recorded their worst run in the Championship during Rooney’s tenure, securing only 10 points out of a possible 45, with nine losses and just two wins.
The decision to sack Rooney was communicated to the staff at the training ground meeting on Tuesday.
As Birmingham City continues to navigate managerial changes, Rooney wishes the club and its owners the best in their pursuit of ambitions.
The abrupt departure raises questions about the challenges faced by managers in the fast-paced world of football and the importance of time in implementing effective changes.