Mark Robins has discussed Birmingham City adapting to a new style of football under Wayne Rooney before Friday’s clash against Coventry City.
The Manchester United and Everton legend arrived at St Andrew’s in October after replacing former boss John Eustace. Blues were fifth in the Championship when Eustace was sacked and have since slipped down to 15th with just one win under Rooney.
And Sky Blues boss Robins is looking forward to his side’s clash against their West Midlands rivals. He also acknowledges that their opponents on Friday have tried to play a different way under Rooney.
“I think it has always been decent games against Birmingham City,” he said. “Our one-time landlords and yeah, they’ve always been tight cup games. Remember the league games we’ve had both there and at home, both games were very tight last season so it’s going to be an interesting game.
“I think that obviously there’s been a change. Wayne Rooney’s gone in, John Eustace has left. There’s certainly an intent there from them to play a certain type of football. It’s an interesting one but also one we are looking forward to.
“He’s come into circumstances where the team is doing really well and things just have changed slightly for them. Ultimately when you’re trying to sort of put in your own philosophy, the board and the club and the way that they want to go about things, sometimes that has a little bit of an effect in a negative way before it starts to build.
“But like I say, that’s, that’s down to them, not us. It’s about us and what we’re doing and how we go about this game and on the back of the last time out against Ipswich. We’ve got a tough run of games coming up there is no doubt this is one of those, but we’re looking forward to it.”