Former Celtic manager favourite to replace Wayne Rooney

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After Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney is emerging as the latest iconic English player to struggle in management. The Manchester United legend was appointed as Birmingham City boss in October but was shown the exit door by the club just 83 days later. And now, it looks like a former Celtic manager is emerging as the favourite to replace him.

Tony Mowbray spent time at Celtic both as a player and a manager. His time in the Parkhead hot seat was forgettable at best.

Since then, he has proven his mettle as a manager at clubs like Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough and Sunderland. And it looks like he could be the man to replace Rooney at Birmingham City.

As reported by BBC, Mowbray is emerging as the favourite to take the manager's job at Birmingham City. He is understood to have a lot of support among the club's hierarchy.

Former Celtic manager favourite to replace Rooney

Many people were left surprised when Sunderland parted ways with Mowbray last month. He had the club in contention for a Championship play-off spot. His next task might be avoiding relegation with Birmingham City if he does end up there.

Birmingham City are one of the biggest clubs in England. But they have faced some tough times in recent years and have not been able to find their way back to the Premier League. Now, they will be looking to make sure that they at least stay up in the Championship.

Let's see if the former Celtic manager does end up getting the Birmingham City job or not. The likes of Steve Cooper and Jesse Marsch have been linked with the club recently as well, and both would be considered as very good options as well considering their recent experience in the Premier League.