Wayne Rooney, the manager of Birmingham City and a former English professional football player, has spoken out after being fired from his position.
Birmingham City confirmed the announcement of Rooney’s dismissal on Tuesday via their official website, stating that the decision was made due to his inability to perform up to par.
In response to his dismissal, Rooney stated that he thought he ought to have been granted additional time to implement the required adjustments as Birmingham City’s manager.
Although he conceded that football is a results-driven industry, he made it clear that the 13 weeks he had been in charge were not enough to make the necessary changes.
“I would like to thank Tom Wagner, Tom Brady, and Garry Cook for the opportunity to manage Birmingham City FC and the support they all gave me during my short period with the club,” Rooney said in a statement posted on his X account upon the confirmation of his resignation.
“Football is a results business and I recognize they have not been at the level I wanted them to be.
“However, time is the most precious commodity a manager requires and I do not believe 13 weeks was sufficient to oversee the changes that were needed.
“Personally, it will take me some time to get over this setback.
“I have been involved in professional football, as either a player or 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.
“Finally, I wish Birmingham City FC and its owners my best wishes in the pursuit of their ambitions.”
Rooney was the first manager chosen by the new owner, Tom Wagner, and his Knighthead Capital Management Group when he was appointed manager of Birmingham on October 11.
Nine losses in the 15 games the team has played since Rooney took over, though, have hurt the team’s performance and dropped Birmingham City to 20th place in the Championship standings.