'Isn’t exactly on an upward trajectory - familiar critic questions Birmingham City decision AGAIN as he mocks Wayne Rooney record

Wayne Rooney's next game in charge is Birmingham's trip to Coeventry on Friday nightWayne Rooney's next game in charge is Birmingham's trip to Coeventry on Friday night
Wayne Rooney's next game in charge is Birmingham's trip to Coeventry on Friday night | Getty Images
Wayne Rooney has secured five points from a possible 24 during his eight games in charge of Birmingham City

Darragh MacAnthony has once again taken aim at Birmingham City’s decision to appoint Wayne Rooney as their manager.

The outspoken Peterborough United chairman and co-owner also told minority stakeholder and seven-times Super Bowl champion Tom Brady to ’calm down on social media’ by saying he doesn’t know what he’s doing ‘football-wise’.

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The Irishman - who initially criticised Rooney’s St Andrew’s appointment back in October - was speaking on the latest episode of his The Hard Truth Podcast. 

The subject of Birmingham was brought up following Saturday’s goalless draw with second-from-bottom Rotherham - who remain managerless - at St Andrew’s. The Blues sat sixth in the table when the decision was taken to relieve previous boss John Eustace of his managerial duties. Birmingham are currently 15th in the standings and seven points off the play-off positions with a record of one win, two draws and five defeats from Rooney’s eight matches in charge to date.

Peterborough United chairman and co-owner Darragh MacAnthonyPeterborough United chairman and co-owner Darragh MacAnthony
Peterborough United chairman and co-owner Darragh MacAnthony | Getty Images

No doubt, that record falls below the impact that owners Knighthead Capitol Management expected when they made the decision to change managers in the autumn. And according to McAnthony, he’s interested to see how long the club give the former Manchester United and England forward to turn things around.

He told The Hard Truth Podcast: ‘I love Tom Brady and everything else, but he needs to calm down on social media, the GOAT, because it’s like, seriously, you don’t know what you’re doing there football-wise. 

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‘I get he’s trying to bring a lot of kudos to the club but that decision now (to appoint Rooney) is like, yeah! I mean, everyone said it, I said it early on, obviously I said it on talkSPORT. You know, I’m sick of talking about him.

‘I felt they made a bad decision and nothing’s changed to (change my mind). It will be interesting if they continue like this until January. Do the owners have to write a big cheque and say we made a mistake or what happens?

‘So far Wayne’s managerial career isn’t exactly on an upward trajectory, is it?’

Rooney was appointed Birmingham boss on a three-and-a-half-year deal following his decision to quit DC United. He managed the MLS side for just 15 months and left after failing to guide them to the play-offs for a second successive season.

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In October, MacAnthony told talkSPORT: ‘I hope it works out for him (Rooney), he's done nothing yet to prove to me why he should be paid what he's paid as a manager in the Football League. 

‘What annoys me is that there's loads of great managers in League One and League Two and would never get an opportunity of managing Birmingham. But if their name was Rooney, they'd be top of the list.’

Forty-six-year-old Brady is the chairman of a new advisory board at St Andrew's, following his decision to become a minority owner of the Championship club in August.

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