Birmingham keeper Ruddy: The pros and cons of Rooney as manager

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Birmingham keeper Ruddy: The pros and cons of Rooney as manager
Birmingham keeper Ruddy: The pros and cons of Rooney as manager
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Birmingham City goalkeeper John Ruddy admits Wayne Rooney's spell as manager last season was an eye opener for his young teammates.

Sacked after just three months in charge, the Manchester United legend has since been named new manager of Plymouth Argyle.

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Ruddy told the Fozcast: "Wayne came in and tried to implement a style of play which was more possession-based, more building from the back, with the same players. 

"He was always on the pitch - he was more of an overseer.

"I felt like I got on well with him, I had a couple of nice conversations with him. He made it clear he wants to be a manager, not a coach.

"He's not going to be the one setting up the sessions and delivering sessions all the time - he has his backroom staff for that. But he'd dip in and out during the sessions."

He also recalled: "You forget how good a player he was. We're on the training pitch and he's saying, 'No lads, I want you to do this'. 

"And he'd take a touch and pick this ball over the top, inch-perfect. You're going, 'Yeah, that's the level you're used to. We're not quite there'.

"His footballing brain is so advanced because of how he was as a player. It's trying to get that dynamic, when you're someone like Wayne Rooney, that you're not dealing with a team of Wayne Rooneys."