Wayne Rooney: Birmingham expected to sack manager after Leeds defeat | Football News

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Birmingham City are set to sack Wayne Rooney today, following Monday's 3-0 defeat at Leeds United. Sky Sports News can confirm.

Rooney was appointed to St Andrew's on 11 October on a three-and-a-half year deal with the sixth-placed club in the Championship following back-to-back wins under sacked manager John Eustace.

But Rooney has seen his side lose nine of the 15 matches they have played since he took charge, leaving the club in 20th place in the Championship table.

Birmingham suffered a 3-0 defeat at Leeds on New Year's Day, after which Rooney vowed to fight on as manager of the club.

“I am a fighter and I take the opinions of football fans,” he said.

“I have to build on my career, my playing career wasn't always about success. I was in a relegation battle with Everton, I believe in myself.”

The former England and Manchester United captain was the first manager hired by new Birmingham owner Tom Wagner and his Knighthead Capital Management group, who bought the Championship club in August.

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Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City

In his mission statement after taking over the club, Wagner spoke of implementing “the addition of outstanding leaders with experience in leading sports businesses.”

But results have not been Rooney's favor – and after their 3-1 defeat to Stoke on December 27, he questioned the Birmingham team's “personal pride”.

“The players there are quite good. I believe that,” he told Sky Sports. “They showed me they can do it against big teams in this league.

“There is no excuse for performing well and doing this today. This is unacceptable and personal pride must come into play.

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Wayne Rooney said Birmingham's 3-1 defeat to Stoke was difficult to take and struggled to explain their performance, adding it was nowhere near good enough.

“Today I questioned that because we were nowhere near good enough and they weren’t a team I wanted to eliminate.”

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