Wayne Rooney is eyeing his first experience of managing in the Premier League as he targets promotion with new club, Birmingham City.
Birmingham are currently sat 6th in the Championship after 11 games, which would secure them a play-off spot at the end of the season. You can back Birmingham to secure promotion at 16/1 with bet365.
Wayne Rooney eyes Premier League promotion
A few days after leaving MLS club DC United, Wayne Rooney was confirmed as Birmingham’s new boss on Wednesday, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship side.
Rooney last managed in the Championship with Derby County. The Rams were going through a tough time as a club and the former Manchester United man was unable to save them from relegation to League One.
Rooney left Derby shortly after their relegation but he has much higher hopes for his latest stint in England:
“The goal for the club and myself is to get this club back to the Premier League,” Rooney said.
“There is a lot of work to be done throughout the football club but the Premier League is where we want to get to. It’s an ambition of mine and it is an ambition of the club’s, and we are putting everything in place to make sure we do that in the near future.”
The Englishman also spoke of the extra pressure he is under because of Birmingham’s good start to the campaign: “It’s more pressure as well, which I love,” Rooney said.
“I love the fact we are in a good position. I love the challenge and I love the pressure of it, and that’s something I’ve dealt with since I was a young kid coming through at 16.
“It’s nothing new to me, but it might be new to some of the players. My job is to make sure I get them ready for that and really get them ready to go out and be successful.