Birmingham City boss Wayne Rooney has admitted that his side’s poor run of form can’t continue after yet another defeat on Friday night.
The former Derby County head coach has been in charge for nine games so far at St. Andrew’s and the Blues have picked up merely one win and two draws, losing six times.
Last night, the Midlands club fell once more away at Coventry City. A brace from Callum O’Hare spread across both halves put Mark Robins’ side above Rooney’s men in the Championship.
Birmingham have now fallen ten places in the league and are currently sitting 16th in the table, having been inside the playoff spots in sixth when Rooney took charge of the team back in October after John Eustace was dimissed.
The team’s only win under Rooney came at home to bottom-of-the-table Sheffield Wednesday and even still, it took an 81st minute goal from Jordan James to seal the three points.
Birmingham City are now an equal distance from the final promotion place and the relegation zone, meaning their season could go either way. However, the manager has admitted that this run of form simply cannot continue.
“We’re in a difficult place, we know that, with the run of results and the points we’re losing.
“The big thing is the goals we’re conceding are very poor goals. We have to figure it out and make sure we don’t give easy goals away. The run of form can’t continue,” he continued.
“Of course I understand the fans’ frustration. That’s normal when you go through a run of results like this and we have to change this as quickly as possible.
“If I was a fan in the stands there tonight I would be exactly the same. But what I can tell you is we’re working really hard to fix it, to improve results and performances.”
Birmingham City now have some massive games on the horizon, including fixtures against Cardiff City and Leicester City over the next fortnight.
Rooney’s tenure with the Blues couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start. One win in nine games for a team that were inside the playoffs is as bad as it gets, particularly since the team’s only win came against Sheffield Wednesday who are rock bottom of the division.
Nevertheless, Rooney is the owner’s man and they should stick with him. The England and Manchester United legend was tasked with changing the team’s style of play and that’s going to take a lot longer than merely nine games.