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Wayne Rooney a ‘target’ for Championship club should they lose their manager

Wayne Rooney is reportedly a ‘target’ for ‘ambitious’ Championship club Birmingham City should they lose their manager John Eustace.

The former Derby County and current DC United boss has emerged as a potential replacement IF John Eustace decides to leave with rumours emerging that he could be a potential replacement for Rangers’ Michael Beale.

Birmingham are currently on an unbeaten run with former midfielder Eustace impressing so far in charge, but Telegraph Sport report that US-based Shelby Companies Limited (SCL) have held talks about making a big-name appointment after completing their takeover in July.

Telegraph Sport state that Rooney is one of the names that has been identified as a ‘genuine contender’ as the club look to return to the top flight for the first time in 13 years.

Rooney is currently head coach of Major League Soccer side DC United, but his future is uncertain as his contract is set to expire this December.

While there is currently no indication that a change in leadership is imminent, the Daily Mail suggests that pressure is growing on Michael Beale after he and his Rangers team were booed after losing to their Old Firm rivals at the weekend, and were thrashed by PSV in the Champions League playoff round.

SCL, the affiliate of Knighthead Capital Management, have links to seven-time Superbowl winner Tom Brady, with the club’s chief executive officer being Garry Cook, who held a similar role at Man City and is reportedly ‘close’ with Rooney’s camp.

Rooney did a great job with Derby County in his last managerial post in England, as the club were dealing with administration and were a mess financially.

He guided them to safety in his first season in charge on the final day, but couldn’t keep them from going down to League One in the 2012/22 season, as the Rams were dealt with a 21-point deduction for breaching financial rules.

These days he is at MLS side DC United who currently sit 9th and are in final play-off positions, getting setting face San Jose in their upcoming game this Sunday.

Rooney was appointed as their manager in July last year, but when asked about his future earlier this week, he said that talks over a proposed new deal had yet to materialise.

“I am slightly disappointed and frustrated that there has been no contact for two months,” he told the Washington Post.

“We asked about a new deal. We can sit down and talk about it. We haven’t heard back.

“Either way, I can take whatever the situation is. I was hoping we would have, either way, at least spoken about it. That hasn’t been the case.

“We asked to sit down and speak because planning for next season needs to go ahead. So we asked two months ago where everything was at, are we moving forward or not moving forward — if that’s the case from their point of view — and we haven’t heard back.

“That’s frustrating because, either way, I’d rather know what’s the plan because we have to plan for next season. We need to do it earlier rather than later. The fact we haven’t heard back is probably signalling one thing, but I’m sure they’ll have their reasons for that. So I’ll wait and see.”

Birmingham meanwhile have started the season is a impressive fashion under Eustace, with the club sitting 4th in the Championship table after picking up a 1-1 draw with Millwall on Saturday.

They head to Watford after the international break come mid-September.

Eustace has earned praise for the job he performed last season under difficult circumstances, with former owners Birmingham Sports Holding Limited causing anger form the club’s fanbase.

Here’s what fans had to say with Wayne Rooney reportedly a ‘target’ for the Championship club should they lose their manager…

@Craig74Nov: Poor City fans.

@RFox55_: Why would Eustace leave? They are flying.

@antbcfc4812: Eustace is going nowhere, something is being built at blues and he wants to be part of it

@MJRose_: Oh dear 😂😂😂

@AGrueller: Absolutely not.

@DrNeilJMurray: No thanks.

@harry_goodwin02: I always say it. Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard will always get good jobs in England. Not one of them has proved their worth in management. Purely down to the fact they were unbelievable footballers and their status. It is a joke.

@hattonjohnp: No thanks. No pedigree as a manager.

@TP0wen: Day by day this does feel more and more like the new owners are trying to push Eustace out. Not a fan of all this being played out in the media

@Kieranbcfc2: Well I’m praying even more that Eustace doesn’t go. Rooney is shit. #bcfc

@BluesAnalytics_: Comes back to what I always say about the fact there should be a transfer window for managers too. Rangers still have a manager, but we’re talking about who #bcfc are gonna replace their manager with, before Rangers’ theoretical interest has even become firm. Barmy.

@liam_birks: It might be my championship bias at work here, but if I were Eustace, I’d stay at Birmingham they’ve got a feel good factor around the place and are certainly on an upward trajectory. #BCFC

@Veno1983: Not for me. Liam Rosenior was the brains behind how Rooney over performed at Derby IMO.

@JLongmate93: That would be a horrendous decision. Eustace infinitely more qualified and rooney without Rosenior is useless

@tom1875_: surely they wouldn’t be so stupid?

@T_oxland276: Please don’t blues

@BrennanAyres02: Don’t you dare

@rbutzy: Jesus #BCFC

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