Wayne Rooney says that he will take time to get over his sack at Birmingham even as he prepares for his ‘next opportunity’ as a manager.

The former England forward was sacked on Tuesday after only 13 weeks at the helm after a disastrous run of nine defeats in 15 games.

Rooney, 38, stated that ‘it will take me some time to get over this setback’ and that he intends to spend time with his wife Coleen and their children while looking for his next job.

In a statement, he said: “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.

“Football is a results business – and I recognise 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.”

Birmingham have had the worst record in the Championship since Rooney took over from John Eustace in October. They secured only 10 points out of a possible 45, losing nine and winning two.

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