Wayne Rooney axed by Birmingham City just 83 days in charge.
"Birmingham City has today parted company with Manager, Wayne Rooney, and First Team Coach, Carl Robinson.
Despite their best efforts, results have not met the expectations that were made clear at the outset. Therefore, the Board feels that a change in management is in the best interests of the Football Club.
The Club’s Board and management are fully aligned and will continue to drive transformation and take bold steps to rebuild Birmingham City into the organisation its fans and community deserve.
The Board would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Wayne and Carl for all of their efforts." part of Birmingham City statement reads.
The former Man Utd striker, 38-year-old was appointed on 11th October 2023 following the controversial decision to dismiss John Eustace, with Blues sixth in the table.
After Rooney's arrival, the Blues experienced a rapid slip to 20th. Monday's 3-0 loss at Leeds having been the ninth defeat of his 15-game tenure.
On interim basis, the professional development coach Steve Spooner will take charge for Blues, who have also parted company with one of Rooney's backroom team, former Wolves and Wales midfielder Carl Robinson.
Rooney has won just two matches - and the board's hope for successful, more exciting football has not been met.
Rooney said he now plans to take a break from the game.
"Football is a results business and I recognise they've not been at the level I wanted them to be," Rooney said.
"I would like to thank (co-owners) Tom Wagner and Tom Brady and (chief executive) Garry Cook for the opportunity to manage Birmingham City and the support they all gave me during my short period with the club," he added.
"However, time is the most precious commodity a manager requires and I do not believe 13 weeks was sufficient to oversee the changes that were needed.
"Personally, it will take me some time to get over this setback.
"I have been involved in professional football, as either a player or manager, since I was 16. Now, I plan to take some time with my family as I prepare for the next opportunity in my journey as a manager."