Plymouth Argyle are set to appoint Wayne Rooney as their new head coach in a surprise move.

The England legend and Manchester United record goal-scorer has been out of work since leaving Birmingham City in January.

Birmingham controversially sacked John Eustace with the club sixth in the Championship table. They appointed Rooney, citing the need for 'no-fear football' as part of their decision.

Rooney lasted only 83 days and Blues were subsequently relegated on the final day of the season, with Rovers surviving at their expense. 

Another of the teams that stayed up, Plymouth, have appointed Rooney on a three-year contract. They have been looking for a new head coach since sacking Ian Foster with six games of the campaign to go.

Director of Football Neil Dewsnip, who took over the reins in the interim, who knows Rooney from their time at Everton together.

Rooney has been regularly seen on Sky Sports and TNT Sport after leaving Birmingham but outlined his desire to repair his reputation and return to management.

In February, he said: “It was a setback what happened at Birmingham but I’m a fighter and I want to get back into it. 

"You know as a manager [being sacked] is part of the job and you will have setbacks. It’s about how you bounce back. I’ve had some good time to reflect and will make sure I get it right next time.”

Despite almost being relegated last season, this is a bold move for Plymouth. They do, at least, play a more possession-based style of football, which Rooney favours and implemented at Derby County.

The fit at Birmingham was awkward and it was little surprise that they started to plummet down the table with a group that didn't suit the tactics being thrust onto them.

Norwich City and Sunderland are still on the hunt for new managers with Will Still on both club's radar. Hull City are expected to appoint Tim Walter whilst Danny Rohl ended uncertainty over his future by signing a new contract with Sheffield Wednesday this week.