Wayne Rooney 'Copies' Sir Alex Ferguson Tactic to Secure First Win as Birmingham City Boss

Wayne Rooney 'Copies' Sir Alex Ferguson Tactic to Secure First Win as Birmingham City Boss

Fred Kennedy
updated at November 26, 2023 at 12:17 PM
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  • Wayne Rooney has endured a difficult start to life since he was named the new Birmingham City boss
  • Birmingham City had gone five games without a victory prior to their 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday
  • Jordan James netted the winner with nine minutes left on the clock to help his side cart home the three points

Wayne Rooney finally secured his first win as Birmingham City boss on Saturday after he led his charges to a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The Manchester United legend was appointed Birmingham manager back in October, just four days after he had quit his role at DC United.

Wayne Rooney applauds the fans after the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light. Photo by Stu Forster.
Wayne Rooney applauds the fans after the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light. Photo by Stu Forster.
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According to The Independent, the former striker was joined by ex-teammates Ashley Cole and John O'Shea, who formed part of his backroom staff.

However, before the Saturday win, Rooney had gone five matches without a victory, with his first game in charge ending in defeat against Michael Carrick-tutored Middlesbrough.

Fortunately for the former England international, he was able to guide his side to a crucial win over the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday.

Rooney 'copies' Fergie's tactic

It has now emerged that Rooney had to employ a Sir Alex Ferguson tactic to help Birmingham City see off their opponents.

According to The Mirror, the Englishman had to employ his own version of Fergie's infamous 'hairdryer treatment' to his players at half-time.

"My reaction at half-time wasn't good to the players - that's why my voice has gone," Rooney disclosed after the match.

Birmingham City found themselves trailing 1-0 after George Byers gave Wednesday the lead on the stroke of half-time before Juninho Bacuna scored an equaliser minutes later to leave the game finely poised at 1-1 during the break.

Jordan James went on to net the winner with nine minutes left on the clock.

Rooney slammed over post-match comments

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Wayne Rooney has been accused of “watching a different game” by Birmingham fans following his comments on the team in the wake of their latest defeat.

Since the controversial departure of John Eustace, Birmingham have been on a downward slip, and it has mostly been blamed on 38-year-old Rooney.

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