April 22, 2024

Former Aston Villa player Gabby Agbonlahor believes Birmingham City should have given Wayne Rooney more time.

Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has accused Birmingham City of panicking by sacking Wayne Rooney following a string of poor results, the most recent of which was Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Leeds United.

The Villa striker, who was frequently a thorn in the side of numerous Blues managers, believes the club should have given Rooney more time to turn things around, especially after making the daring decision to replace John Eustace.

Gabby, who co-hosted talkSPORT this morning, also stated that Blues fans were overjoyed when Rooney signed on the dotted line.

“When he first came in, I have friends who are Birmingham City fans, and they were almost doing parades that they’d got Wayne Rooney as Birmingham City manager,” he said. Was it, however, for the wrong reasons? They were sixth in the league because Eustace was doing well.Did they choose Rooney because of his name rather than his performance as a manager? He’s been struggling. Yes, the Birmingham City roster isn’t particularly strong, therefore he’s not working with particularly talented players. Should he have been allowed to bring in his own players? He merely started in October and has already been fired.


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“When you look at the form, they’re six points off the relegation zone, and he’s lost 13 of his 15 games in charge.” It indicates that things isn’t quite right.

“But he should have had a window; why bring him in, all the fuss about bringing Rooney in, and then don’t give him a window to get players out and bring his own players in?” There appears to be some panic there.”

Gabby revealed earlier this season that he wants the Blues to succeed and would love to see them back in the Premier League.
“I don’t mind Birmingham City doing well,” he stated. I told a Birmingham supporter on the train the other day that I wanted them to play in the Premier League.

“What’s the sense of wanting your competitors to fall all the way? It’s tedious. I want them up so we can play against one other and have those derby games, and it’s also good for the city.”

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