Wayne Rooney is on the brink of becoming Birmingham City boss after John Eustace is sacked by the club’s new American owners

  • Wayne Rooney mutually agreed to terminate his contract with DC United
  • John Eustace oversaw 21 wins in his 63 games in 15 months at St. Andrews
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Wayne Rooney is set to return to English football as the new boss of Birmingham City.

The Championship club moved a step closer to appointing Rooney, who left his job at DC United in America over the weekend, by sacking John Eustace yesterday.

The former Everton, Manchester United and England star is in talks with Birmingham’s US owners and their chief executive Garry Cook who has close links to Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford.

Rooney has previous Championship experience in charge of Derby County, who were destined for relegation when he took over after a points deduction. 

Mail Sport understands that the 37-year-old former Derby County boss — who wore a ‘Once a Blue Always a Blue’ T-shirt in the FA Youth Cup final in 2002 — could be installed at St Andrew’s later this week.

Rooney's last job in English football came as Derby manager

Wayne Rooney terminated his contract with DC United by mutual agreement over the weekend

ohn Eustace was sacked by Birmingham City on Monday, paving the way for Rooney's arrival

ohn Eustace was sacked by Birmingham City on Monday, paving the way for Rooney’s arrival

A section of Birmingham fans are unhappy over the club’s treatment of Eustace who leaves the team in sixth place following back-to-back wins.

Cook met Eustace yesterday morning to inform him that his 15-month tenure was over before the club released a statement to confirm their decision.

It concluded: ‘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.’


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