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    Wayne Rooney managerial record : Wayne Rooney’s ill-fated stint as manager at Birmingham City has come to an abrupt end after he was sacked by the struggling Championship club.

    Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer stood down as DC United head coach after failing to make the 2023 MLS playoffs, bringing down the curtain on a 15-month stint in the Washington dugout.

    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Wayne Rooney managerial record
    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    “I just feel it’s the right time for me to go back to England, firstly obviously to see my family. I haven’t seen them for a long time. And then, what lies ahead, I don’t know,” Rooney said after signing off with a 2-0 victory over New York City FC.

    “Whether opportunities come up, I’ve seen a lot of reports in the media. I’m going back with nothing lined up. I’m going back to see my family. If something comes up in October, November, of course I’ll look at it.”

    It soon became evident that other wheels were in motion. On Monday, October 9, Birmingham parted company with John Eustace despite him leading them to sixth in the table after an impressive start to the Championship season.

    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Wayne Rooney managerial record
    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Former Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook, who now holds the same position at St Andrews, and technical director Craig Gardner were reportedly the driving forces behind the decision to remove Eustace and pursue Rooney (as per Sky Sports and The Athletic), with Cook issuing an open letter to fans saying there was a “misalignment” between Eustace and the aims of “the leadership of the club”.

    The move to secure Rooney’s inarguable star power felt obviously linked with NFL great Tom Brady, who became Birmingham’s minority owner in August after U.S-based consortium Shelby Companies bought Birmingham in July.

    The dream alliance quickly turned sour, with Rooney barracked by Birmingham supporters at St Andrews as the team’s fortunes plummeted. A 3-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Leeds United on New Year’s Day proved to be the final straw.

    Of his 15 games in charge, Rooney oversaw two wins. Between his opening 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough and the reverse at Elland Road, Birmingham won the fewest points (10), lost the most games (nine) and conceded the most goals (30) of any Championship side. The team he took over in the playoff places he left 20th, two places and six points above the relegation zone.

    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Rooney’s career win ratio prior to Birmingham of 27% was hardly something to set the world alight, although there were heavily mitigating circumstances at Derby County, while DC United’s status as habitual MLS under-achievers long predated his time at the helm.

    This latest failure, from the emphatic scale of it to the wider circumstances of him replacing a coach who was popular and succeeding, will probably take a lot longer to shake off.

    Club Tenure Wins Draws Losses Win ratio
    Derby County November 2020 – June 2022 24 22 29 28%
    DC United July 2022 – October 2023 14 13 26 26%
    Birmingham City October 2023 – January 2024 2 4 9 13.3%

    Wayne Rooney at Derby County

    After scoring 25 goals in 52 appearances for DC United, Rooney agreed a return to England as player-coach at Derby County, initially working under Phillip Cocu. After joining midway through the 2019/20 season, Rooney helped Derby to a 10th-placed finish in the Championship.

    The following season, Cocu was sacked with the club bottom of the table in November 2020. Rooney was initially in interim charge as part of a four-man coaching team alongside Shay Given, Liam Rosenior and Justin Walker.

    He announced his retirement from playing to become Derby’s permanent manager in January 2021 and gained plaudits for guiding the team away from the relegation zone. Their form then collapsed and County needed a dramatic 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season to stay up at their opponents’ expense.

    In 2021/22, financial turmoil gripped Derby as the club entered administration and teetered on the brink of total collapse. They were deducted 12 points under competition rules for being in administration and a further nine for financial irregularities.

    Selecting a team cobbled together from youth team graduates and free transfers, Rooney mounted an impressive battle against inevitable relegation as Derby won 14 and drew 13 of their 46 Championship fixtures.

    In normal circumstances, that would have amounted to 55 points and a 17th-place finish, but it all proved in vain as they dropped down to League One in 23rd. Rooney resigned in June 2022, with Derby still in administration heading into their next season in the third tier.

    Wayne Rooney at DC United

    The following month he succeeded Hernan Losada as DC United boss. Rooney’s talismanic performances on the field, when he dragged DC into the MLS Cup playoffs during his first season, were still fresh in the memory and hopes were high that he could produce similar returns as head coach.

    The reality proved somewhat different, with United’s results improving during Rooney’s time in charge, but only marginally. Players spoke warmly of his hands-on and motivating style, while the likes of Christian Benteke, Lewis O’Brien and Mateusz Klich stood as transfer coups.

    Rooney’s pulling power for potential signings, along with further evidence of his capacity to give young players a chance and nurture their talents are factors that will have piqued Birmingham’s interest alongside his mere name.

    “The recruitment of talent is vital,” Cook said in his open letter. “The team is now supported through data-enhanced decision making, with a player identification system in place enabling them to unearth hidden gems that strengthen the team and plan effectively for future transfer windows.

    “In addition, we are increasing our investment in the academy which is a cornerstone of the club. This will ensure that we continue to attract and develop the best young players in our region.”

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    Wayne Rooney at Birmingham

    Birmingham won their final two games under Eustace, meaning his debut defeat at Middlesbrough instantly brought an ominous feel.

    Blues only point in his first five games at the helm came in a 2-2 draw against promotion-chasing Ipswich
    — a result that appears credible until you learn City were 2-0 to the good with 11 minutes remaining.

    After being brushed aside 3-1 by Sunderland, Rooney’s first win arrived at the seventh time of asking, with Jordan James hitting a late winner to down Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at St Andrews.

    It did not prove to be a launch pad as Birmingham then shipped four goals at Blackburn Rovers, with that 4-2 loss the only time in a three-game period that they found the net before gutsing out a 1-0 success at Cardiff.

    A 3-2 defeat to runaway leaders Leicester City was to be expected and the scoreline flattered Birmingham, but a more winnable run of fixtures against teams lower down the table presented themselves.

    Draws against Plymouth Argyle — where the 10-man Blues led 3-1 after Krystian Bielik’s red card before being pegged back to 3-3 — and Bristol City either side of a 3-1 home loss to Stoke City did much to seal Rooney’s fate before Leeds applied the final blows.

    What tactics does Wayne Rooney use?

    Birmingham’s statement to announce Eustace’s departure, which tellingly mentioned last season’s 17th-place finish in the Championship but not the fact that Blues were in the playoff places at that stage, said: “A new first team manager will be announced in the coming days who will be responsible for creating an identity and clear ‘no fear’ playing style that all Birmingham City teams will adopt and embrace.”

    During Rooney’s time in charge, Birmingham had the third-lowest possession tally in the Championship, the fourth-lowest passing accuracy and sixth-lowest expected goals (as per Opta). If there was a sense of not really knowing who Rooney the coach was before his arrival at St Andrew’s, the picture is now an even bigger mess.

    At Derby, he had to be adaptable in turbulent circumstances. After arguably tinkering too much as the Rams slid back into relegation trouble in 2021, his lack of a dogmatic approach certainly proved to be an advantage during the administration season.

    His preference was 4-2-3-1 when personnel allowed, although he would often switch to a back three to match up against opponents playing in that style.

    In newspaper columns for The Times, Rooney has expressed admiration for Pep Guardiola’s style of play and painted himself as an attack-minded idealist arguing, for example, for Trent Alexander-Arnold to have a more prominent role within the England national team.

    Casting himself very much in line with modern trends, Rooney instructed his Derby team to press high and do so efficiently. They were particularly effective in terms of winning the ball back in wide areas and veteran central defensive duo Phil Jagielka and Curtis Davies were not exposed as feared by the manager’s instance upon a high line.

    Industrious midfield duo Jordan Thompson and Max Bird were important in making this approach tick and Derby were a very watchable side during their bid for a great escape.

    At DC United, Rooney re-assessed pretensions at implementing a beautiful game. Losada had seemingly burned his players out with a relentless high-pressing style but Rooney’s initial attempts to switch to a possession-based approach did not measure up. Wayne Rooney managerial record

    His solution was a more back-to-basics style, playing slightly more directly up to Benteke. That’s not to say his DC United side were a kick-and-rush operation. They were fun to watch at times, and keeping it simple didn’t necessarily prove to be a turn-off. In fact, an emphasis on using wide areas efficiently and having an imposing, reference-point centre-forward are all moves that can be traced back to his time under the great Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Wayne Rooney managerial record
    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, David Moyes and Fabio Capello. Rooney certainly has a rich line of experience to draw upon from the managers he played for. That enviable knowledge and insight along with a tenacity and determination to win that carries over from his time on the field will need to be carried over to Birmingham to hit the ground running.

    At Derby, Rooney’s efforts were carried along by mass public sympathy related to the club’s plight. The unsavoury nature of Eustace’s sacking meant he never had that advantage at Birmingham.

    After his dismal start, Rooney abandoned a ploy of having his full-backs high and wide to form a front five in possession. He told The Atheltic that it was quickly clear that the players were not comfortable with what he was asking.

    By the time of his second and final win at Cardiff on December 13, there was a consensus among sections of Birmingham fans that Rooney had more or less reverted back to Eustace’s early-season template, only with players now devoid of confidence. Quite simply, what was the point of it all? Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Cook and his board, who should really carry the can for their gamble backfiring so spectacularly, ultimately came to the same conclusion after the defeat at Leeds, where Rooney reverted to three centre-backs – one for each goal Birmingham ended up conceding.

    “Personally it will take me some time to get over this setback,” Rooney said in a statement after his sacking. “I have been involved in professional football, as either a player or a manager, since I was 16. Now I plan to take some time with my family as I prepare for the next opportunity in my journey as a manager.” Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Wayne Rooney managerial record
    Wayne Rooney managerial record

    Rooney won admiration for his work in difficult circumstances at Derby. Don’t be surprised if his next opportunity comes further down the ladder after taking a seismic credibility hit over the past three months. Wayne Rooney managerial record

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