Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney linked with Championship job after exit from DC United

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According to reports, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has been linked with the Birmingham City managerial position after his exit from DC United.

Despite the Blues doing well in the Championship, the club’s American owners have sacked manager John Eustace, confirming his dismissal on Monday morning, and want Rooney as his successor.

Report from BBC claim the former Red Devils striker is keen for Rooney to bring in his former England teammate Ashley Cole and former Manchester United teammate John O’Shea as part of his coaching setup at St. Andrews.

Cole has been coaching the England Under-21 side, while O’Shea is currently assistant coach with Republic of Ireland.

DC United beat New York City FC 2-0 in their final game of the MLS season and in his post-match press conference Rooney announced he had decided to step down from his role as head coach after just 15 months, with the striker keen to return to the UK and spend more time with his family.

“I think it’s just the right time. I think I’ve done everything I can to try and get the club into the Playoffs. And it’s no single thing which has happened, it’s about timing in your career,” explained the 37-year-old.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here, I’ve had a lot of help from the owners. Everyone around the club has been a great help to me.

“But I just feel it’s the right time for me to go back to England. Firstly, obviously, to see my family, I haven’t seen them for a long time.

“And then what lies ahead, I don’t know. Whether opportunities come up… I’ve seen a lot of reports in the media but I’m going back there with nothing lined up.

“I’m going back there to see my family, and if something comes up in October, November then of course I’ll look at it.

“But from my point of view I’ve enjoyed my time here. I think it’s helped me and will help me a lot moving forward as a coach. And I just want to say on record to everyone involved with the club – staff, players – I’m grateful and I wish them nothing but success in the future.”