Birmingham City look set to appoint Wayne Rooney as their next manager following the mutual termination of John Eustace's contract at St Andrew's.
The 43-year-old leaves Birmingham with a decent reputation, having consolidated the Blues' place in the Championship with a 17th-place finish in the 2022/23 season, before leaving them in sixth place after 11 matches in the current campaign.
This sacking comes across as a harsh decision, however, there have been rumours that Eustace had held some talks with Rangers over their managerial vacancy, while the St Andrew's club's new owners in Shelby Companies Limited who are headed by the likes of Tom Brady and Tom Wagner wanted a more marquee name to lead their latest acquisition.
Meanwhile, Rooney left MLS outfit DC United on 7th October 2023 following their failure to reach the play-offs via the Eastern Conference and has reportedly lined-up the likes of Ashley Cole and John O'Shea as backroom staff should he become Birmingham's next manager.
Rooney's managerial career is yet to flourish, having won just 14 of 53 matches as DC United Manager (26.4%) while at Derby, his win percentage was 28.2% following 24 wins in 85 games, however, the Rams did nearly pull off a modern-day miracle under the ex-Manchester United forward, having accumulated 34 points (55 points in total with 21 points deduction) in 2021/22 while being under a season-long transfer embargo with a limited first team squad.
Had Derby not been deducted 21 points, they would have finished 17th in the Championship. The resilience shown throughout that campaign was a demonstration of the managerial potential that Rooney could have should he be given the right tools to succeed.
If Rooney is to get the role, then his first match as manager of Birmingham City could come on 21st October away at Middlesbrough, where he will face former United teammate Michael Carrick whom he played alongside between 2006 and 2017 at Old Trafford.