Wayne Rooney responds to Birmingham fans after being told to 'f**k off back to America'

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Wayne Rooney has come out fighting after Birmingham lost their second match under his guidance

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 26/10/2023

- 09:47

Updated: 26/10/2023

- 10:31

The England icon only took the job at St Andrew's earlier this month

Wayne Rooney has made it clear he won't be going anywhere anytime soon despite Birmingham fans turning on him on Wednesday night.

The Blues appointed the former Everton and Manchester United star as John Eustace's replacement earlier this month.

But Rooney's time in the Midlands has got off to a nightmare start.

Birmingham lost their first match under the 38-year-old on Saturday, slumping to a 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.

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Wayne Rooney was booed and jeered by Birmingham fans after their defeat to Hull on Wednesday night


And they were poor as Hull City beat them 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Birmingham looked flat and they're yet to score under Rooney - which is only adding to his woes.

Rooney was the subject of boos and jeers after the game, while one fan even told him to 'f**k off back to America' after the defeat.

That was in reference to the former England captain's spell in charge of MLS outfit DC United.

But Rooney, speaking after the defeat to Hull, has insisted he won't be going anywhere anytime soon and is eager to turn the situation around.

“Listen, [the boos] are part of football,” he said.

“You need to win football games to change that and of course, the former manager was very popular and did a very good job.

"It’s what you want in terms of do you want the club to be where it’s been the last 10 years or do you want to move forward.

"Sometimes there’s a bedding-in period.

“We need to be patient with it and we’re playing good teams as well while we’re asking the players to do different things.

"Listen, it’s been two weeks! You’ve not had something good for the last 10 years and it’s been very difficult.

"There’s a clear way we want to move forward as a club and that’s not going to happen overnight."

Rooney continued: “There’s been expectations placed upon myself within a time frame, which I accept and understand.

"I’m happy to face that but it’s not going to change within two weeks, especially when the players have been used to playing a different way.

"Listen, I can get players to boot it up the pitch and win second balls, that’s fine, that’s not an issue.

"But we need to get the balance right."

On the match itself, Rooney admitted he was disappointed by Birmingham's lack of fighting spirit as they succumbed to defeat.

"There were some good moments but we created problems for ourselves, giving the ball away too cheaply," he said.

"And the really disappointing thing was that, after the second goal, I didn't see a response and I've told the players that.

"That last 10 minutes or so told me a lot. It was a concern for me and it's something that won't happen again.


John Eustace Birmingham

Wayne Rooney was appointed by Birmingham as John Eustace's successor earlier this month


"We have to be patient - and we will get there. At the minute, we're on a learning curve."

Hull boss Liam Rosenior, meanwhile, was delighted with his side's victory.

"It was like the first 60-70 minutes against Southampton, except we shot more this time," he said.

"We had more end product. More shots, more crosses and we were more positive. The players responded well from a big setback.

"This is what the Championship is about. Every team is going to have setbacks. It's how you respond that counts."

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Wayne Rooney has been defended by Lian Rosenior after Birmingham lost to Hull


And Rosenior also backed Rooney by saying: "Wayne is a top, top manager and a top guy.

"We are just further along in the process than they are.

"He's only just started here, I know what he wants to achieve here and it will take time.

"Unfortunately for him we came out on top this time."

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