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Wayne Rooney becomes 12th managerial change of the Championship season after being sacked by Birmingham

Wayne Rooney has been sacked by Birmingham City after just fifteen games in charge of the Midlands Club.

Rooney was controversially brought in by the club's American owners after they sacked John Eustace despite the being in the play-off places.
However the former England and Manchester United striker was only able to win two of his games in charge of the Blues, and they now find themselves 20th in the table, and twelve points off sixth.
The club confirmed his departure along with coach Carl Robinson on their official website, stating that  "Despite their best efforts, results have not met the expectations that were made clear at the outset."

"Therefore, the board feels that a change in management is in the best interests of the football club."

For Birmingham fans the appointment of Rooney and his subsequent departure will bring back memories of the club's ill-fated appointment of Gianfranco Zola at the expense of Garry Rowett, when the club again were chasing the play-offs but plummeted down the table and narrowly avoided relegation in 2016.
Birmingham are one of eleven clubs who have changed managers since the start of the season and the sacking of their second manager this season is the 12th change in total.
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