Emile Heskey would ‘support’ Rooney at Birmingham City following DC United resignation

With John Eustace’s dismissal from his role at Birmingham City confirmed on Monday morning, Wayne Rooney is expected to take the reins at St Andrew’s. The ex-England international has left his post at DC United after failing to reach the playoffs, and a move to Birmingham City is looking increasingly likely.

Birmingham City’s official club statement indicates that Eustace ‘galvanised the squad to deliver a number of memorable moments in testing circumstances,’ but added that ‘a new First Team Manager will be announced in the coming days who will be responsible for creating an identity and clear ‘no fear’ playing style that all Birmingham City teams will adopt and embrace.’

Emile Heskey, speaking to BoyleSports who offer the latest Premier League betting & odds, said that ‘Wayne Rooney has done really well in management,’ adding that ‘I’d support him being the manager of Birmingham due to his profile and status in the game.’

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‘He’ll, of course, need to deliver results,’ continued Heskey, ‘but having a figure like him at the club would bring a lot of attention.’

Rooney’s previous managerial stint in the EFL saw him keep a troubled Derby County side in the Championship despite a difficult 2020/21 season. However, with the club plunging into League One a season later as a result of financial difficulties, Rooney tendered his resignation.

‘He went through a lot at Derby, but I think he did well and he dealt the pressure well,’ said Heskey, who scored sixteen goals in 78 appearances for Birmingham City over the course of two seasons.