Rooney Steps Up to Take Charge of Birmingham City Under Brady’s Ownership


Renowned footballer, Wayne Rooney, once again finds himself in the managerial spotlight as he takes the helm of Birmingham City, an English club partially owned by the NFL star, Tom Brady.

Rooney’s Transition to Management

Wayne Rooney, whose football legacy spans over two decades, has now switched his attention to moulding teams from the sideline. Fresh from a managerial spell at Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, Rooney didn’t leave fans waiting for long. Just days after his departure from the MLS side, news broke of his latest venture: Birmingham City.

A Quick Look at Rooney’s Managerial Journey

  • Derby County: Wayne’s initiation into management began here, where he faced the challenges of a struggling Championship side.
  • D.C. United: Crossing the Atlantic, he ventured into Major League Soccer, bringing his European insights to the league.
  • Birmingham City: His newest challenge lies here, a club with aspirations of Premier League football.

Brady’s Foray into English Football

Earlier this year, Tom Brady, famed for his quarterback role in the NFL, surprised many by stepping into the world of English football. He didn’t just dip his toes, though; he became a minority owner of Birmingham City. Not just stopping there, Brady even secured the position of chairman for a newly established advisory board. This NFL-football crossover emphasizes the increasing interconnectedness of global sports.

Rooney’s Vision for Birmingham City

Being a club with a rich history and passionate fan base, Birmingham City currently competes in the English Football League Championship, a step away from the esteemed Premier League. With Rooney’s appointment, the hopes of moving up to the premier tier have skyrocketed.

Securing a contract for three and a half years, Rooney’s backroom staff announcement also turned heads. Former Manchester United comrades like Ashley Cole and John O’Shea are joining him, fortifying the team’s off-field strategies.

Birmingham City’s co-owner, Tom Wagner, expressed his confidence in Rooney by stating:

Wayne is a born winner. We firmly believe he, with his chosen coaching staff and the backing of the club and fans, is the key to ushering in a new era for the Blues.

Wagner emphasized that Rooney’s game strategy is in line with the club’s future objectives.

However, the task ahead isn’t simple. After letting go of John Eustace, their former manager, after a 15-month stint, Birmingham sits sixth in the Championship table, on the edge of playoff contention.

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Rooney Speaks on the Challenge Ahead

Rooney’s excitement about this opportunity was palpable. He mentioned:

I am absolutely thrilled to join Birmingham City. My managerial career has been about preparing for moments like this. Taking on challenges, learning, and growing. It’s evident that the owners have a clear vision and ambition for the club. Our goals align perfectly, and I am eager to roll up my sleeves and begin.

Brady’s Involvement with Fans

Although Brady’s involvement has been from the boardroom, his engagement with fans hasn’t been confined there. In August, he was spotted not only attending a Birmingham City match but also sharing moments with local fans at a pub. While Brady remains tight-lipped about Rooney’s appointment, his previous engagements suggest an active involvement with the club’s affairs.


Birmingham City’s future looks promising with two sports giants in Rooney and Brady now interconnected. Fans await with bated breath for the next chapter of this storied club, with a football legend on the field and an NFL icon off it. Only time will tell how this blend of American and English sporting intellect will shape the future of Birmingham City.

Football Expert Sam Mollnet
reviewed by: Sam Mollnet (Footbal Expert)

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