In the most recent update from BirminghamLive, Wayne Rooney discusses the changes he aims to introduce at St Andrew’s as he prepares for his debut as the Birmingham City manager against Middlesbrough. Rooney is urging his team to adopt an aggressive, high-pressing style of play, a departure from the previous approach.
As he steps into the role previously held by John Eustace, Rooney acknowledges the challenge of facing Middlesbrough, a team led by his former Manchester United and England teammate, Michael Carrick, who has been on a winning streak. Despite having only a week to prepare, Rooney understands that perfection is unlikely in the upcoming match but is committed to starting his tenure with a win.
Rooney expresses his satisfaction with the players’ dedication during training sessions. He recognizes that his style of play differs from John’s and emphasizes the need to elevate the team’s performance. To achieve promotion and reach the playoffs, Rooney stresses the importance of improvement, making it clear that the team’s goal for the Saturday match is not just to secure one point but to secure three. He wants the team to be more proactive in winning the ball back and dominating possession higher up the field, indicating that this transition may take time, considering his recent three-and-a-half-year contract.
Rooney is bracing for a challenging series of games in the Championship, starting with Middlesbrough, followed by matches against Hull City and Southampton in a span of eight days.