Man Utd and England legend named as surprise frontrunner for Birmingham City job

With Rangers targeting John Eustace, legendary former Man Utd and England striker Wayne Rooney has emerged as a shock frontrunner for the Birmingham City job.

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Birmingham City have reportedly eyed Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney as the leading candidate to replace manager John Eustace if he departs for Rangers.

The 37-year-old, who is currently in charge of DC United in Major League Soccer, has coached in the Championship before after being a player-manager and then head coach at Derby County.

With 53 goals in 120 England appearances, as well as 313 goals and 170 assists in 764 senior career matches, Rooney is undoubtedly a footballing icon but his managerial experience is still lacking.

Regardless, it’s claimed by The Telegraph, The Mirror and The Daily Mail that Rooney is the frontrunner to take the helm at St Andrew’s Stadium if Eustace leaves the club.

It’s claimed the ex-Man Utd man is unhappy with his contract situation at DC United and would be willing to make the switch. Blues’ US owners, meanwhile, want a big name and he fits the bill.

Across spells at Derby and DC United, Rooney has managed 130 games, winning 38, drawing 30 and losing 62. The head coach has overseen 138 goals scored and 179 conceded in that period.