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08th Oct 2023

Wayne Rooney reportedly set to take over at Championship club alongside former teammates

Callum Boyle

Wayne Rooney

Rooney could be heading for a quick return to management.

Wayne Rooney is set for a quick-fire return to management with Birmingham City after he left MLS club DC United, according to reports.

DC missed out on a place in the MLS playoffs and upon his departure, the 37-year-old said that it was “the right time” to leave and take on a new challenge.

In his statement, Rooney said: “I’ve done everything I can to get this club into the play-offs. It’s not a single thing that’s happened. It’s about timing.”

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney reportedly set to take over at Championship club Birmingham City alongside former teammates.

The club themselves also released a statement following the news, saying: “We have spoken with Wayne and agreed it is best for us to part ways at this time. This decision creates the avenue for our next General Manager to have the full opportunity to impart a new philosophy and structure onto our sporting operations, which begins with the critical identification of a Head Coach who will best align with this.

“We are grateful to Wayne Rooney for all he has done for our club and for soccer in the Nation’s Capital, first as a D.C. United player and captain and most recently as our coach. He remains an important part of the D.C. United family and a valued and cherished friend.”

It seems as if Rooney won’t be out of management for long, however, with The Times, and journalist Aaron Paul, reporting that the former striker could soon take charge of Championship club Birmingham City.

Birmingham are currently managed by John Eustace and have made a strong start to the season, sitting sixth in the second tier, but with American investment from the likes of Tom Brady and Tom Wagner at the club, change is seemingly going to be made.

He could also be joined by former teammates at both club and international level with John O’Shea and Ashley Cole also be a part of his coaching staff.

If confirmed, Rooney’s first game in charge could be away against Middlesbrough where he would take on fellow former United teammate, Michael Carrick.

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