‘F*** off back to America' - Furious Birmingham fan tells Wayne Rooney after loss

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‘F*** off back to America' - Furious Birmingham fan tells Wayne Rooney after loss

Mark Kinyanjui 21:59 - 26.10.2023

Rooney has lost each of his first two games in charge of Birmingham, prompting an angry fan to reportedly tell him to “f*** off back to America!”

Wayne Rooney was reportedly told to f*** off back to America after losing his second game in charge of Birmingham against Hull City on Wednesday night.

This is according to ESPN journalist Mark Ogden, who claims that an angry fan told him that as he was getting into the dugout.

The former Manchester United and England great watched his Birmingham side lose 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Saturday, and things did not get any better when he took charge of his first game at St Andrew's.

Goals in either half from Liam Delap and Jaden Philogene ensured Hull, managed by Rooney's former assistant Liam Rosenior, ended their four-game winless streak, while Birmingham slipped to their second straight defeat under Rooney.

Upon Rooney's arrival at Birmingham, he announced his intention to lead the club back to the Premier League, and he is set to be backed heavily by the club's board which includes NFL legend Tom Brady.

However, it has been a difficult start for Rooney, and some fans seem to have already turned against him based on the reaction to Wednesday night's defeat. 

Speaking after the game, Rooney admitted he will have to adapt his “no-fear football” philosophy at Birmingham because his players cannot carry it out on the pitch.

“You need to be brave in taking the ball, but it's clear from the first two games that the players aren't comfortable doing that," said Rooney.

“So there will be slight adjustments of course because we need to pick up points as well.

“I can get players up the pitch, boot the ball up the pitch and look to pick up second balls, but we need to get the balance right.

“This is on me - maybe I've asked them to do too much and I take that responsibility. We're asking them to play out from the back and be more front-footed.

“I said to the lads after the game 'if you don't feel you can do it, tell me, and we can adjust and adapt'.

“There's so many different elements to no-fear football. They've had snots and guts for the last 10 years and it's been very difficult.

“But it's not going to change within two weeks when the players haven't been used to a completely different way.

“As I'm getting to know players' strengths and weaknesses, we will find that balance to ensure we get it right.'

Rooney stated that he had no issue with the fans booing at half-time and full-time, acknowledging that his team need to start getting positive results to get their supporters back on-side.

“That's part of football. You need to win games to change that,” said Rooney.

Rooney will hope to get his first win at the third time of asking when Birmingham travel to Southampton on Saturday. 

He managed DC United for 53 matches, winning just 14 of those and losing 26 times. 

This followed on from him failing to keep Derby in the Championship, although his hands were somewhat tied in that situation as the club dealt with significant financial difficulties during his tenure.

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