Wayne Rooney, the former prolific striker turned manager, is facing a formidable challenge in his coaching career with Birmingham. Since his appointment in October, the team has suffered its ninth defeat out of 15 games, finding themselves languishing at the bottom of the Championship standings.
The frustration among fans reached a tipping point during Monday's 3-0 loss to Leeds at Elland Road, with chants echoing in the air, urging Rooney to depart from the club immediately.
Birmingham, which was in sixth place upon Rooney's arrival, now holds the unenviable position of 20th out of 24 teams in the Championship. Despite the mounting pressure, Rooney remains resolute, acknowledging the tough times but emphasizing the need to believe in the process of improvement.
Speaking about the vocal opposition from fans, Rooney, known for his tenacity, expressed his determination to weather the storm, indicating private discussions with the club owner and stressing the necessity of reinforcements.
Rooney's transition from celebrated footballer to coach has faced significant challenges, with a coaching career that started at Derby County, leading to relegation to the Third Division and subsequent struggles at D.C. United in the MLS.
The current predicament at Birmingham has sparked concerns within the club, with a source revealing that if the unfavorable results persist, a change may be necessary to secure the team's position in the league.
The overall atmosphere around the club is described as uneasy, with suggestions that Rooney's comments to players may have led to discontent among the fanbase, hinting at potential locker room issues.