Tom Brady's Arrival Spurs Managerial Controversy at Birmingham City
|Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks during a halftime ceremony as Patriots President Jonathan Kraft and Patriots owner Robert Kraft react at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.(Image-Getty)
The warm welcome extended to former NFL legend Tom Brady by Birmingham City fans took an unexpected turn after the English club parted ways with manager John Eustace on Monday. Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl winner, had been greeted with enthusiasm by the club's supporters at a local pub near their stadium when he visited Birmingham and took on the role of chairman of a new advisory board.
Trouble began brewing earlier, as rumors swirled about plans to dismiss the manager, despite a strong start to the season. Speculation linked former England striker Wayne Rooney with the managerial role, sparking discontent among City fans who voiced their frustration on social media, with Tom Brady as the primary target.
Fans took to platforms like Twitter to express their concerns: "I will be devastated if they don't give Eustace till the end of the season... DON'T DO IT," "I'm a Birmingham City fan, do not appoint Wayne Rooney," and "Listen to the Birmingham City fans" were among the tweets directed at Brady.
Many more comments, often laced with stronger language, reflected the growing unrest. With the club's decision to sack the manager, despite a recent 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion and a respectable sixth-place position in the Championship, it's likely that tensions will only escalate.
The extent of Brady's influence as a minority owner in managerial decisions remains uncertain. However, due to his high profile, he has become a focal point for fans' frustrations and discontent.