Wayne Rooney laughs off Birmingham City dig as first Plymouth Argyle transfer teased

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker
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Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has taken a subtle dig at Birmingham City for not allowing Wayne Rooney to make a signing during his short stint at St Andrew's.

On Saturday afternoon, Rooney was announced as the new manager of Plymouth Argyle his first managerial job since leaving the West Midlands club in January. During his short stint with the Blues, the 38-year-old took charge of 15 matches winning just two.

After hearing the news he had been sacked, Rooney released a statement explaining he was disappointed to have not had a full transfer window to try and change Birmingham's fortunes. Before being hired by City, the Manchester United legend was manager of Derby County where he was unable to sign players due to financial difficulties.

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He was also the head coach at DC United where transfers are handled differently. Before starting at Home Park, Rooney was at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup final with BBC Sport.

In his immediate reaction to the news, Rooney said: "Yeah, really excited. I think obviously going in as Argyle's new head coach was a full process with a lot of managers who were interviewed for the job and thankfully the club found that I was the best person for the job and now I am excited to get started and meet the players and staff and hopefully..."

Before Rooney could finish his sentence, Lineker interjected: "Hopefully, possibly sign a footballer which you've never done yet," which was met with laughs from all four ex-players in the studio including Micah Richards and Alan Shearer.