Rio Ferdinand explains why he hasn’t spoken to Wayne Rooney amid Birmingham struggles

The 38-year-old has lost his first two matches in charge of the Blues.

Rio Ferdinand explains why he hasn’t spoken to Wayne Rooney amid Birmingham struggles
Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney
The 38-year-old has lost his first two matches in charge of the Blues (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand says he won’t reach out to Wayne Rooney amid his difficult start to life as Birmingham City boss but has backed his old team-mate to turn things around.

The former Manchester United striker, who replaced the popular John Eustace earlier this month, has lost his first two games in charge of the Blues as they have tumbled down the table from 6th to 12th.

Birmingham were booed off the pitch after their 2-0 loss to Hull City on Wednesday night, while one fan was even heard yelling at Rooney to ‘f*** off back to America’.

But Ferdinand is convinced the former DC United manager is the right man for Birmingham and will happily pick up the phone if he calls for advice, though says he won’t make first contact.

Asked if he has reached out to his old United pal, Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: ‘Na, in these moments I don’t really like to speak to people when they’re under a bit of pressure a little bit and they’ve lost a couple of games.

‘Hopefully he gets out of it. I’ll drop him a text and stuff but speaking to him? I’ll just let him get on with it.

‘His head is filled man. Wazza is the type actually, if s**t is going on, he’ll call me and that’s how our relationship has always been.

Birmingham City manager Wayne Rooney
Rooney faces a tough trip to Southampton next (Picture: Getty)

‘Sometimes he can bounce stuff off me, or air what he needs to air out. We’ve had that relationship for a while. I think he’s got a couple of people he speaks to like that.

‘We might not speak to each other for a couple of months and then all of a sudden, bang! And he just vents a little bit.

‘And it’s what works for you as well, you know? That’s how our relationship is.

‘Listen, I think he’ll get it right. I hope he does. It won’t be for the want of trying and his professionalism, that’s for sure.’

He added: ‘I think the awkwardness comes from the players have been used to something that was working and then that guy goes – it’s not natural that a manager goes when they’re doing well.

‘I think that’s probably the hardest thing for Wayne going in there, that it’s a dressing room that were used to their manager, they would have been happy because dressing rooms are happy when you’re winning, and then that’s been ripped up and they get a new hymn sheet and a new manager comes in.

‘I think that’s the biggest thing for Wayne, converting those guys into being believers, but you need results to get that. They could be saying he’s good, but until you’re winning players don’t genuinely believe in you until you hit three points regularly.’

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