Wayne Rooney has been fired as Birmingham City manager after a run of nine defeats in 15 games left the team on the brink of the EFL Championship relegation zone.

Birmingham’s American owners, Knighthead Capital Management led by the company’s co-found Tom Wagner, removed Rooney from his post on Tuesday following a 3-0 defeat at Leeds United on New Year’s Day.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Birmingham said: “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.”