GARY ROWETT arrives at the bet365 Stadium with an outstanding managerial CV built at three clubs he also served with distinction as a player.
The 44-year-old cut his teeth in the world of management with Burton Albion in League Two before masterminding Birmingham’s Great Escape from Championship relegation.
He’s also fresh from leading Derby to the Championship Play-Offs, although ultimately the Rams experienced intense disappointment.
Rowett, who has signed a three-year contact with the Potters as successor to Paul Lambert, was handed the top job at Burton in 2012 after a spell as assistant manager to Paul Peschisolido.
In his first season in charge at the Pirelli Stadium he guided Albion to a fourth place finish in League Two and then took them to sixth the following season before joining Championship side Birmingham in October 2014.
He was appointed manager of Derby in March of last year and in his first full season – the 2017/18 campaign – they finished sixth but earlier this month lost to Fulham in the Play-Off semi-finals.
As a player, Rowett launched his career as a talented right-back with Cambridge United after graduating from their youth ranks.
He made more than 60 league appearances for Cambridge and after a spell with Everton, during which time he went out on loan to Blackpool, his playing career really gathered pace with Derby, for whom he made more than 100 league appearances.
He spent three years at Pride Park and a further two at Birmingham and was also a key figure at both Leicester and Charlton before finishing his career with Burton, who were at that stage still awaiting their first taste of league football.
Source: Stoke City