Wayne Rooney’s nightmare spell with Birmingham ended on Tuesday when he was sacked after just 13 weeks in charge of the club.
The former England star endured a terrible run, losing nine of his 15 games in charge to see the Blues plummet from sixth to 20th in the table.
Speaking after his dismissal, Rooney said ‘it will take me some time to get over this setback’ and outlined his plans to spend time with wife Coleen and their children as he looks for his next job.
After three back-to-back roles at Derby, DC United and Birmingham that has seen plenty of travelling, Rooney will finally have time to put his feet up.
In light of that, we take a look at look at the 38-year-old’s property empire with his wife Coleen, along with the various houses and holiday homes they have owned over the years.
Wayne Rooney was sacked as Birmingham City manager on Tuesday following a poor run of nine defeats from just 15 games
After his dismissal, Rooney outlined his plans to spend time with wife Coleen and children Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass
Rooney’s family are certainly living in the lap of luxury as they have spent the last year living in a sprawling £20million mansion in Cheshire
The dream family home is a rural six bedroom fortress behind a lake and spread across 40 acres of manicured countryside
£20MILLION MANSION – CHESHIRE
Coleen and Wayne were childhood sweethearts from Liverpool council estates who went on to enjoy undeniable riches while remaining close to their humble roots.
And the pair are certainly living in the lap of luxury now as they have spent the last year and a bit living in a sprawling £20million mansion in Cheshire.
The ex-Manchester United and England striker, 38, broke the bank to finalise his dream family home, a rural six bedroom fortress nestled behind a lake and spread across 40 acres of neatly manicured countryside.
Not bad for a working class boy from Croxteth, where modest houses sit in cramped terraces and can be bought for a fraction of the £300,000 per-week salary commanded by Rooney during his footballing glory days.
The home boasts a snooker room, a home cinema, indoor swimming pool, an underground spa, wine cellar, a stable area with space for 14 horses, and, a football pitch for their four sons.
Wayne and Coleen’s pad, which sits in its own secluded spot in 40 acres of countryside, is on the flightpath to Manchester Airport with planes flying directly over it.
Situated behind a lake, a bridge leads to the manor – uncharitably referred to as the ‘Morrisons mansion’ due to its similarity to the supermarket chain.
Coleen has given a glimpse inside the sprawling property in recent months, with classic creams and sophisticated greys dominating the interiors.
The kitchen is dominated by a large island with a white marble countertop, with the couple going for matching marble floors.
The walls are painted a light grey while the couple again went with white for their cupboards and fridge.
The dining area features three large windows with white panelling looking out onto the family’s garden with light grey curtains completing the look.
During the 2022 festive season, Coleen gave a glimpse into the Rooney’s sitting room which again features a marble floor and beige panelling on the walls.
The family were initially set to move into the mansion back in 2020, but were set back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coleen has given a glimpse inside the sprawling property in recent months, with classic creams and sophisticated greys dominating the interiors
The dining area features three large windows with white panelling looking out onto the family’s garden with light grey curtains completing the look
But Coleen and Wayne faced some problems when renovating the property, running into issues from birds, so they installed an airport-style automatic ‘bird-scarer’ to prevent grass seeds from being eaten.
Blasts from the gas-powered scarer every 20 minutes annoyed the well-heeled neighbours in the Cheshire countryside, who became fed up with the drawn-out construction work.
Another bugbear for local residents was the state-of-the art security precautions around the property.
Several objected to the erection of a 9ft tall security fence ringing the estate, branding it an eyesore which would ‘urbanise’ the rural area. The planners sided with the Rooney’s.
A number of people on social media have compared the Rooney home’s design to a supermarket, such as this Morrisons in Sunderland
Wayne’s three-storey mansion deep in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of stunning facilities
The ground floor has a huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion and a hot tub, plunge pool and steam room.
There is also a large garage for the former Manchester United star’s fleet of sports cars, as well as a stable block. In order to avoid the social faux pas of using the couple’s own downstairs loo, there is a ‘guest toilet’ too and even separate lifts – one for the family, the other for visitors.
Upstairs has six bedrooms, all with en-suites, with the master bedroom also boasting a dressing room.
The property has two floors as well as a subterranean basement, which is home to the steam room, plunge pool, hot tub, gym, cinema room with ten seats, wine cellar and snooker room with bar.
The plush garage has room for six cars and the stables have room for 14 horses plus a hay store and a tack room.
Construction on the property was delayed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and cost £20million to complete
Wayne and Coleen moved into the mega-mansion – which has been uncharitably dubbed the ‘Morrisons Mansion’ – in 2022
Wayne, Coleen and their four children live in the mansion after selling their former Cheshire property for £3.7million
WAYNE’S FIRST HOME – CROXTETH, LIVERPOOL
Back in 2003 the wealth and extravagance of the Rooney family’s current home was little more than a pipe-dream, with 17-year old Wayne still living with parents Thomas, Jeanette and his two brothers at their modest home in Croxteth, a notorious Liverpool suburb blighted by several problems.
Having signed his first professional contract with boyhood club Everton, he was on the cusp of greatness and his first team wages would help the footballer secure a less vulnerable property for his parents in a more prosperous area of the city.
However Wayne remains fiercely proud of his tough upbringing and reflected on his childhood years while revisiting Croxteth for an Amazon Prime documentary about his life and career.
Wayne grew up with parents Thomas and Jeanette at their modest home in Croxteth, a notorious Liverpool suburb
Coleen’s early life was no less modest, with the mother-of-four growing up close to her husband in a small terraced house notable by virtue of the simple white cladding beneath it’s bedroom windows
‘This is Crocky, Croxteth, where I am from,’ he explained. ‘Obviously it has had its moments with a bit of violence or trouble over the years. But I love the area and it has helped me become the person I am.
‘You can live in a big house and drive a nice car but I am from here and it is in me. Regardless of what you achieve in life this is always going to be the place where I grew up and where I learnt a lot about life.’
Coleen’s early life was no less modest, with the mother-of-four growing up close to her husband in a small terraced house notable by virtue of the simple white cladding beneath it’s bedroom windows.
£900,000 HOME IN VICTORIA ROAD, FORMBY – MERSEYSIDE
From Steven Gerrard to Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s ‘millionaires row’ has had its fair share of famous residents down the years – a fact that may have swayed Wayne and Coleen Rooney to pay £900,000 for a sprawling home in Formby’s Victoria Road back in 2004.
With six-bedrooms and acres of space, the sizeable property – their first as a couple – was a far cry from the couple’s childhood homes and represented a first tentative step into adult life for Wayne, who was now a Manchester United player and a household name following his goal-scoring exploits with England at the European Championships in 2004.
From Steven Gerrard to Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s ‘millionaires row’ has had its fair share of famous residents down the years – a fact that may have swayed Wayne and Coleen Rooney to pay £900,000 for a sprawling home there in 2004
£300,000 FLORIDA APARTMENT
With Wayne established as one of the best players of his generation, the couple forked out an estimated £320,000 on a waterfront apartment at Harbor Pointe in Port Charlotte, Florida in 2007 – only for property prices to collapse during the recession.
The holiday home featured a master suite, a study and and its very own fitness centre as well as a heated pool, located within the grounds of the resort.
As reported by MailOnline at the time, they bought the condo through realtors Your Place Abroad – who also facilitated homes for Michael Owen and former cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
However a downturn in the global economy resulted in the collapse property prices, with neighbouring homes losing as much as £150,000 in value as a result.
With Wayne established as one of the best players of his generation, the couple forked out an estimated £320,000 on a waterfront apartment at Harbor Pointe in Port Charlotte, Florida – only for property prices to collapse during the recession
£3.7MILLION HOME IN PRESTBURY, CHESHIRE
It wasn’t exactly cheap as chips, but Wayne and Coleen swapped Formby for leafy Cheshire in 2006, when they paid a whopping £1.5million for a plot of land next door to Bargain Hunt presenter David Dickinson in Prestbury.
But the couple infuriated neighbours shortly after moving in by tearing down a 1930s detached property in order to develop their home, a six en-suite bedroom mansion with a pink interior swimming pool.
The pile also featured a private cinema, jacuzzi and swimming pool, as well as a variety of pampering rooms for fashion obsessed Coleen.
The Rooney’s lived here for 10 years before moving into their current residence.
It wasn’t cheap, but Wayne and Coleen swapped Formby for Cheshire in 2006, when they paid a whopping £1.5million for a plot of land next door to Bargain Hunt presenter David Dickinson in Prestbury, turning it into a six en-suite bedroom mansion
‘I don’t blame them for wanting a nice house, but they are destroying a bit of heritage,’ a Cheshire local told the Independent at the time. ‘Some of the new houses are horrendous, disgusting – with fake pillars and marble bathrooms.
‘I used to live next door to the place and it makes me angry to see others tearing down good examples of architecture to make a profit.’
And profit they made, having pocketed £3.7million from its recent sale, according to Land Registry documents obtained by The Sun.
A source told the publication: ‘They were sad to sell it but their new house is so amazing they had no reason to keep it.’
£5MILLION HOME ON ROYAL WESTMORELAND ESTATE, BARBADOS
Wayne and Coleen loved holiday hotspot Barbados so much they eventually splashed out £5million a rental property there in 2010.
Located in the exclusive Royal Westmoreland estate on the Caribbean island, the resort has become so popular with northern celebrities that its Jasmine Ridge development is now unofficially known as the ‘Northern Quarter’.
Once a sugar plantation, it extends to 750 acres and has 225 privately owned villas and cottages, a clubhouse, restaurant, spa, private beach and a golf course.
Wayne and Coleen loved holidaying in Barbados so much they splashed out £5million a rental property there in 2010
The lavish £5 million villa was furnished by Coleen when it was built and comes with five bedrooms, an infinity pool and breathtaking sea views.
Guests receive a daily complimentary round of golf and use of a buggy on the estate.
As of 2017, the villa rents for £25,410 per week at high season – such as Christmastime – while it drops to £10,164 per week during low season.
Royal Westmoreland owner John Morphet said in 2017: ‘We have a very wide range of people here. We do have celebrities but once we come in through the gate we are all on the same level.
‘The owners are not starstruck, they leave each other alone. People don’t bother them, they just mix in.’
The villa was furnished by Coleen when it was built and comes with five bedrooms, an infinity pool and breathtaking sea views