Wayne Rooney has been sacked as Birmingham manager with an announcement expected later on Tuesday morning.
The Manchester United legend was appointed Blues boss at the start of October but went on to win just two games during his tenure in charge.
On Monday night, Birmingham fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Leeds which spelled the end for the former Derby County and DC United boss.
The ninth loss in 15 games under Rooney saw the visitors stay in 20th place in the Championship and extended the manager’s woeful run in charge.
Now, Birmingham have decided to dismiss the 38-year-old from his role.
Birmingham City have sacked Wayne Rooney amid the club’s awful run of form recently
Since Rooney arrived, Birmingham have fallen from the play-off spots to a relegation battle
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At the start of October, Birmingham sacked John Eustace to bring in Rooney, when Blues were sixth in the Championship.
Bringing in Rooney after Eustace had secured wins over Huddersfield and West Bromwich Albion in the space of four days was a bold decision that, ultimately, failed to pay off.
Mail Sport understand that Eustace would be open to a potential return to Birmingham.
As reported by The Sun, Rooney earned three-times the amount of his predecessor, who is yet to find a new job since his dismal at Birmingham City.
The outlet claim that Rooney signed a £1.5million-a-year deal to takeover as head coach at St Andrew’s.
Fans fumed at Rooney just being linked with the role to begin with and he was targeted with verbal abuse after losing to Hull City on October 25.
The decision to bring Rooney to St Andrew’s came just months after legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady took a minor stake in the second-tier side.
When Brady announced his stake in the team in August, he admitted he needed to educate himself about the ‘other’ football.
‘Well, let’s just say, I’ve got a lot to learn. But I do know a few things about winning, and I think they might translate pretty well,’ Brady said.
‘I know success starts with the work put in when the world isn’t watching. I know that a team is nothing without the city that shows up and stands behind it. And most importantly, I know I like being the underdog.’
From his 15 matches in charge at the club, Rooney won two, drew four and lost the other nine
NFL legend Tom Brady (left) is one of Birmingham’s minority owners after the club was taken over by Tom Wagner’s Knighthead Group in July
From his 15 games in charge, Rooney won just two games, drawing four and losing the other nine, which averages out at 0.67 points-per-game.
Including his stints at Derby and DC United, stats show that his overall winning rate as a manager is as little as 26.1 per cent.
The former Man United star had also vented his frustrations with the Birmingham squad in recent weeks, adding to the growing tension around the club.
After the 0-0 draw with Rotherham at St Andrew’s on December 2, he said: ‘I think some players in there need to grow a pair of b***s, basically.’
And following the loss to Stoke, he fumed: ‘Ideally, you wish you could have 11 subs as I could have changed all 11 players at half-time.’
While such anger is understandable after poor displays and results, these words are unlikely to endear a manager to his players.
The Man United legend had caused controversy with his recent post-match comments
Speaking to Mail Sport, one seasoned boss said Rooney’s words showed ‘a lack of emotional control’.
Speaking after their recent loss against Leeds, Rooney said: ‘It was always going to be a difficult game, we knew that, but I felt for 30 minutes until they scored the goal, the game plan we had set out was working.
‘We were creating chances, causing them problems on the break and then we concede a real poor goal. We have three centre-halves on the pitch and Bamford is free in the six-yard box.
‘That changes the game and then they get the second goal. We knew it was going to be a battle. We come out in the second-half and try to be in the game but concede the third, so I am, obviously, really disappointed.’