Championship side, Birmingham City, have unveiled Manchester United legend and former DC United and Derby County manager, Wayne Rooney, as their new manager.
Birmingham City club statement confirming the appointment of Wayne Rooney as a manager reads;
“Birmingham City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Wayne Rooney as Manager, agreeing terms on a three-and-a-half-year contract.”
“He starts with immediate effect having recently left his position as Head Coach of Major League Soccer side D.C. United.”
Birmingham City will be Wayne Rooney’s third stop in his managerial career since he retired from football.
He first managed Derby County in English second division before he left the role and departed to the US where he took up coaching role with DC United.
Wayne Rooney left his role at DC United after the team failed to qualify for MLS Playoffs following a poor run of results.
After his DC United exit, Rooney was a top favorite to take over Birmingham City to mark his return to English football.
The club offered Rooney three times the salary they paid to ex manager John Eustace after the latter was sacked following a poor run of results.
Rooney will be back by his former England international teammate Ashley Cole, the current England Under-21s assistant coach, John O’Shea, the assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland men’s national team and Carl Robinson and Pete Shuttleworth who both assisted Rooney at DC United. Shuttleworth was also part of his coaching team at Derby County.
Birmingham are 6th on Championship table with 18 points from 11 matches.
Rooney will be expected to push the team through to promotion to the English elite division as he resumes duties as new manager.