Birmingham find themselves at the beginning of a new dawn after announcing the arrival of experienced second-tier coach Tony Mowbray to the managerial hotseat on Monday morning, with the 60-year-old tasked with stabilising the football club on the pitch following a dreadful period under Rooney.
The Manchester United and England legend’s final match as Blues manager arrived at Elland Road on New Year’s Day, when the visitors were outclassed by their Premier League-chasing opponents, with Patrick Bamford, Daniel James and Crysencio Summerville securing a 3-0 success for Daniel Farke’s men.
Although the acquisition of former Nottingham Forest coach Steve Cooper was top of Birmingham’s to-do list at the start of the calendar year, the arrival of Mowbray represents a shrewd appointment from owner Tom Wagner and CEO Garry Cook, who were punished for replacing John Eustace with Rooney in October.
After a run of one victory in nine Championship fixtures dating back to the end of November, Blues are now 20th in the second-tier standings, just six points ahead of 22nd-placed Sheffield Wednesday, who are enjoying a mini-revival under the leadership of German tactician Danny Rohl.
Despite the club’s ownership being very keen to invest in the playing staff, Birmingham’s spending in this month’s transfer window is set to be limited by sustainability rules and there has been more attention on potential outgoings so far in January, with Wales international Jordan James heavily linked to Serie A club Atalanta BC.
many Swansea supporters, the appointment of ex-Barnsley boss Michael Duff in the summer did not match the club’s possession-based identity which has served them admirably
during the reigns of Graham Potter and Russell Martin, with the Jack Army now hoping that the arrival of Williams from Notts County can get the Welsh team back on the right track.
Due to the highly-competitive nature of the Championship’s middle section, the Swans are only eight points behind sixth-placed Sunderland despite sitting in 16th, with a win at St Andrew’s this weekend potentially enough to see Williams’s side go above Norwich City, Preston North End and Millwall.
Following the sale of flying Dutchman Joel Piroe to Leeds in the summer transfer window, Swansea have had to share the goalscoring burden around their ranks so far this season, although Yates and Jamal Lowe currently lead the Golden Boot race with six and five league strikes respectively.